Helliniko 6 August 2013
Urgent Appeal to Laiko Hospital and the Ministry of Health
A 53 year old INSURED cancer patient STILL does not have the medication essential to continue his therapy. We wrote about this issue a few days ago, but unfortunately the situation is not resolved. Last week we issued an appeal to the Ministry of Health and Laiko hospital regarding this patient. On Friday 2 Aug 2013, the patient spoke by telephone to those responsible at Laiko hospital. They promised that the patient would have his medication by mid-day on the same day. As of Tuesday 6 August the patient still does not have his medication. The hospital informs him that he may have to wait until Friday 9 August before he can start his therapy.
Can the Laiko Hospital and the Minister of Health please tell us why an INSURED citizen has been put in harm’s way in this manner? Why is it impossible for him to receive the medication that he needs?
And if the Public Health System reacts to the needs of the insured in this way (this patient is not the only such case) then what about the uninsured? What kind of assistance are they getting?
We and the other volunteer community clinics have a clear picture of what’s happening to them because we each treat, daily, dozens of uninsured and desperate patients. On behalf of the Greek people we ask the Ministry of Health, loud and clear, for an answer. How will this situation be resolved?
For further information regarding the appeal that we made on behalf of this cancer patient, you can read here: http://mki-ellinikou.blogspot.gr/2013/08/blog-post.html in Greek and http://mkie-foreign.blogspot.gr/2013/08/an-insured-cancer-patient-finds-it.html for English.