x

Politics

Tsipras: Post-Pandemic Times Will Show Whether Value of Humans Is Above Profits

ATHENS — The social state and the health system were a SYRIZA priority during its term in government, despite the fiscal pressure, party leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday in an online conference.

At the conference by the ygeiamou.gr site on "Health's social aspect", Tsipras said that his vision called for a "new National Health System (NHS) that prioritizes life" instead of discriminating among people on the basis of their financial capacity." He also charged the right with standing critically against the NHS, when its founding was being voted on in 1983. This clash between two entirely opposed mentalities in the health sector is very old, he noted, with the health sector being used by conservative governments to enrich large private interests.

During the 2010-2014 period, the main opposition leader said, "an extensive zone of health poverty" was created, and when Syriza came to power in 2015 its priority was to "guarantee the equal access of uninsured people to health and medical services" and to reorganize the NHS, a goal he said was met despite difficulties. The number of people who were not able to have that access dropped from 14.4% of the population in 2016 to 10.4% in 2018.

He also said that investments in health surpassed 300 million euros, and the system was boosted more than in any other time in the last 20 years with permanent doctors, nursing staff and other health professionals, numbering in total over 19,000.

Today Greece is at a critical junction that will show whether human beings and lives are valued above profits, Tsipras said.

RELATED

ATHENS - A disappointing third place finish in European Parliament elections with just 12.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

After Rare Flash Flood Emergency, Florida Prepares for More Heavy Rainfall in Coming Days

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A tropical disturbance has brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida as residents prepared to weather more heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday.

NICOSIA - Following Greece’s agreement with Egypt to take in as many as 10,000 seasonal workers for agricultural jobs, Cyprus will be getting 1000 after a deal was worked out at the International Labor Conference (ILC) held in Geneva.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale price increases fell in May, the latest sign that inflation pressures in the United States may be easing as the Federal Reserve considers a timetable for cutting interest rates.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi won the World Cup in 2022, won the Copa America in 2021, and wants to show he has the hunger to win some more.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.