Tsipras: the Greek national health system must be reformed

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ATHENS – The coronavirus pandemic “has exposed massive global, European and Greek shortcomings” in the health sector, after years of memoranda had already “dramatically drained” public health resources, a said SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras at a health conference on Tuesday.

The result was “dramatic indicators” of mortality, the main opposition leader said, speaking to journalists Babis Koutras and Antonis Sroiter, as well as professors Yiannis Kalomenidis, Athina Linou and Athanassios Tsakris, on the sidelines of “The health system in the new Era”, conference organized by the newspaper “Proto Thema” and the site “ygeiamou”.

First aid

Tsipras called for a comprehensive health plan to reform public health and cited Syriza’s recently released proposal. He said the heart of the plan revolves around support for primary health care. The emphasis on primary care was the party’s proposal to reform the healthcare system during his reign, but was heavily criticized as “Soviet-style” by the main opposition at the time.

“The primary health care support strategy has a logic: we invest in prevention and we are turning away from a hospital-centred system whose basic pivot is therapy to move to a decentralized system whose basic pivot is prevention and health. treatment,” Tsipras said. The party’s plan does not provide for an extreme increase in spending, but support of 3 billion euros over three years, to align with the European average. “If I came to see you and said to you: ‘We have to give 3 billion euros for defense spending’, you wouldn’t ask me: ‘Where did you get the funds?’ Why then is this question still being asked in matters of public health? he asked.

Early elections

The main opposition leader also stressed that “if you want a safe, modern and efficient national health system for the citizens who pay for it, you cannot focus only on balanced budgets”, addressing the statement to the government .

Tsipras also claimed that “the rumors about the early elections come from Maximos Mansion”, where the Prime Minister’s office is located, while the Prime Minister himself refutes them. But, said the main opposition leader, “We are in a hurry because one thing worries me – what we will inherit” after the election, he said, when “every day passes time and critical funding that could be used to support society.”

Among other issues, Syriza’s party leader also said the government’s foreign policy “was a failure” with Turkey, and said the insurance and pension fund his government had adopted (known as of “Katrougalos law” according to the minister) “is one of the most misunderstood laws” and provided for a fair distribution of burdens and benefits. under pressure from the troika of lenders, and were corrected after Greece’s exit from the third bailout memorandum.

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