The Minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis was recently asked about the government’s plans of four EOPYY pharmacies that were meant to being operation and offer free medication to uninsured and needy people and responded that “it is not the time for the government to expand structures, but to reduce them”. Mr. Georgiadis also admitted that due to the crisis healthcare access has not been possible for everyone, echoing a similar admission by the president of the Athens Medical Association.

To that end, the Minister of Health announced that public surgeries would begin operating in afternoons, for everyone who does not want to wait on a list and does not mind paying a small price. Mr. Georgiadis disputed allegations that this development subverts the public nature of the health system and claimed that the private healthcare clinics “should be worrying”.