In the country of innovation and the unprecedented, no extreme is impossible. Greek Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos said, that he would make law changes so that drugs could be obtained also at super markets. Speaking at the Healthworld 2012 conference, organized by the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce, Lykourentzos said:
“We will find ways to make medicine available also outside the pharmacies.”
A statement that has been interpreted by all Greek media that the Minister implied that Greeks would be able to get drugs also at super-markets.
Lykourentzos message was addressed more the ears of pharmacists than those of super-market owners.
Greek pharmacists continue to block the credit on prescription medicine thus forcing insured patients to pay life-saving drugs from their own pockets and ask refunds from the national health care organisation EOPYY.
Prompt was the answer from the Pharmacists’ Association in Athens, who said : “It is unprescedented that he who owes money blackmails”
Drugs in Super-markets?
Combining this news with some other that had claimed patients would get medicine only by piece (loose medicine) to cover their needs, I can very well imagine:
Greek sick consumers standing line at the cheese stand.
The granny next to me would order: “1/2 kilo of soft feta, 15 cholesterole tablets.”
The grandpa getting “1 quarter Graviera, 5 diabetes pills.”
And a mom asking for “10 slices cheese for toast and three tablespoons of coughing syrup.”
Unconfirmed rumors coming from my neighborhood’s SM claim, the butcher would be responsible for handing out only very expensive prescription medicine…