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Rise in user fees in Greece could reduce access to healthcare, charity warns

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d200 (Published 11 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d200
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Concern is growing in Greece that the rise in user fees announced by the minister of health last week could reduce access of many cash strapped and vulnerable groups to public hospitals and primary care clinics.

“Measures like this are no way to facilitate access to health,” said Rebecca Papadopoulos, head of Médecins Sans Frontières in Greece. “The population is already in crisis because of the tough austerity measures.”

On 4 January Andreas Loverdos, the minister of health and social solidarity, announced that the charge for morning visits to outpatient …

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