The general hospital on the island of Santorini has allegedly two different price lists for medical examination, lab tests and treatment: one for uninsured Greeks and one for foreigners. The price list for foreigners has also variables, according to the country of origin of the patients. The Greek Federation of Public hospital Workers (POEDIN) has denounced these conditions complaining that the pricing of the health services are overcharged anyway.
According to POEDIN, a Greek uninsured patient was asked to pay to the hospital the total amount of 180 euros, although the government has legislated that uninsured Greeks have to be treated without charge.
Another patient from Bulgaria (also uninsured) had to pay 240 euro for an elbow X-Ray and the application of gyps: €150 gyps, examination €40, X-Ray €50.
“Prices for routine works are ten times higher than those in Greece’s public hospitals,” the Federation said adding that although a public hospital it charges like a private hospital.
The free of charge treatment for uninsured Greeks and national of European Union countries do not apply in Santorini hospital, POEDIN said in a statement, asking whether the hospital in Santorini was private or public. [Note: it is a public hospital].
POEDIN claimed also that uninsured Greeks are charged more “double” than foreigners.
For a general blood test a Greek pays €20 and a foreigner €10, while every public hospital across Greece charges €2,88 whether the patient is Greek or foreigner.
X-rays in Santorini hospital cost 20 to 50 euros, while every other hospital charges 4,30 euro independent from nationality.
According to Proto Thema, “the hospital management denied that the high charges refer to insured or uninsured Greeks. However, it admitted, there was a different price list for foreign patients especially for those from USA and Australia.”
Indeed, in a statement the hospital management said that the prices published by POEDIN do not refer to Greeks but to patients from USA and Australia.” The hospital said further that it treats free of charge every Greeks with a social security number (AMKA) and every EU national holder of an insurance card. For non-EU nationals the hospital implements Law Nr 67 etc etc….” With regards to charging an uninsured Greek, the hospital said the claims “did not correspond the truth.”
POEDIN had published the names of the Greek and the Bulgarian patients and said it had also the receipts for the payments.
BTW: I recently received a complaint about a bar-restaurant in Athens that has also two price lists. For Greeks in Greek and for Foreigners in English. Prices on the English menu are highers -probably due to translation cost…
PS reminds me of Morocco where souvenir prices were set according to your nationality … lol