Doctors reject Finance Ministry proposal for electronic payments

The recent proposal by the Ministry of Finances for the introduction of electronic payments for medical exams has cause major…

The recent proposal by the Ministry of Finances for the introduction of electronic payments for medical exams has cause major uproar among doctors in Greece, who argue that the measures will not contribute towards combating tax evasion.

In its statement, the Medical Association of Athens (ISA) claimed that the introduction of electronic payments will burden healthcare professionals with a 2% commission due to the banks for using machines to accept credit and debit cards.

The association further claims that the “financially impoverished doctors” will either have to absorb the cost or pass it on to their clients. Furthermore, a section of doctors insist that the use of credit or debit cards may be problematic, as many elderly patients are not accustomed to using them.

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