Pensioners want podiatrists to be covered by the General Health System (Gesy) and want to simplify hearing aid procedures.
They are also worried about the amount of money they have to pay for medicines, including over-the-counter medicines that are not covered by Gesy.
These and other issues were discussed at a meeting between the Association of Pensioners, Ekysy, and the Minister of Health, Michaelis Hadjipantelas.
In a statement released Friday, Ekysy said the focus was on drug costs. The meeting on Thursday was constructive, but no decision was made. A new conference will be held, and the Health Insurance Organization and other interested groups will also seek solutions.
According to Ekysy, the majority of pensioners pay more medicines when using Gesy than when using health cards issued to specific population groups. This is partly because many over-the-counter medicines are used by the elderly, such as for influenza control. , Cough syrup, medical creams, vitamins, pills, or osteoporosis injections are not eligible.
In addition, drug pensioners who were obtained from state pharmacies are now outside Gesy and are obliged to purchase from private pharmacies at market prices.
Another problem that has recently arisen is that new patients do not have access to certain expensive medicines at Gesy, while older patients are allowed at their own expense of € 1. Examples cited are drugs such as Xarelto and Jardiance anticoagulants that are needed by patients with heart problems for around € 80 per month.
Ekysy also includes a podiatrist in Gesy to improve procedures for securing subsidies for hearing aids and to remove age restrictions so that older women are eligible for mammograms through Gesy. I hope that.
The group also expressed concern about the condition of public hospitals, especially patient care, as many doctors left. He added that because of the lack of beds, private hospitals responded to “simple cases” and only seemed to keep patients away.
Another serious problem is that appointments with doctors are significantly delayed, he added.
Finally, they raise the issue of costs, and before medical care at state hospitals became almost or completely free, Gesy contributed 2.65% to pensions and medical costs not covered by National Health Insurance. He said he had to pay the full amount. Schematic.
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