Greek Cancer Patients May Pay

Greek Health Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis said that people with cancer should pay part of their treatment if they weren't tested for it.

ATHENS – Greek Health Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis said that people with cancer should pay part of their treatment if they weren’t tested for it.

Kouroublis told Eleftheros Typos newspaper he plans to make four types of tests to detect cancer in men and women compulsory and that if people who did not undergo the checks later developed the disease they would have to contribute toward the medical assistance they receive.

The medical community immediately jumped all over him. “It is not feasible for politicians to implement their own makeshift schemes when medicine has gathered such expertise,” said Dimitris Varnavas, head of the union representing national health system doctors (OENGE).

He said that having cancer was “enough punishment” for failing to undergo precautionary checks, Kathimerini said. Kouroublis said he wanted to heighten awareness about cancer and said his critics should offer some better ideas than his.