In-Hospital Care Opens as of June 1st 2020 as part of the General Health System – Announcement

As of today, a number of private hospitals are now cooperating with the National Health System and as such In-Hospital care is now available. The Health Insurance Organization has announced the following which we have translated:

“From June 1, 2020, the public hospitals of OKYPY and in addition to forty private hospitals are included in the service of the beneficiaries of the General Health System providing access to quality health care services. With the start of in-hospital health care by public and private hospitals, the most important and urgent needs of the beneficiaries will be met, while limiting one of the most important sources of social inequality.

We ask for the understanding of the citizens, especially in the first stages of implementation of the second phase, because as in the first phase, it is inevitable that in the initial stages of the reform, problems will arise. Especially at a time when the management of the pandemic, on the one hand, made it difficult for the internal services of the inpatient service to be as smooth as possible, while on the other hand, it aggravated the problems arising from the accumulation of needs either from traditional waiting lists or from deferred surgeries.

The Organization will be on constant alert to take those measures so that any problems and malfunctions are resolved as soon as possible. Therefore, we call on the beneficiaries to show patience and understanding so that time is given to normalize the operation of the hospitals in the System and to gradually enable effective service and unhindered access to them.

We welcome the hospitals of the public and private sector, the doctors, the nurses and all their staff in the GESY and in the service of the beneficiaries. As an Organization, we continue with efforts to normalize the operation of the System, to improve services to citizens. At the same time, we are working for the smooth integration of the services of clinical dietitians, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, home care by nurses, preventive dentistry, palliative care planning, rehabilitation care and medical rehabilitation.”

It is clarified that until the completion of the full implementation of the GESY, all the beneficiaries will continue to receive services for accidents and emergencies from the Departments of Accidents and Emergencies of the State Health Services Organization (ΟΚΥΠΥ).

The Original Text in Greek can be found HERE.