Policy responses for Greece - HSRM


Policy responses for Greece

4.2 Entitlement and coverage

In the Greek National Health System, there is entitlement to a unified benefits package (primary/ambulatory care, diagnostics, inpatient and outpatient specialist care) for all individuals with social health insurance and for vulnerable groups, such as the unemployed, people with low income, migrants suffering from chronic conditions), as well as for other EU citizens. Screening is available at no charge for those meeting the eligibility criteria set by the NPHO.On this basis, no charges apply to COVID-19 related health services (testing, primary care, hospital care, medicines, post-acute care etc) provided by the National Health System.

On April 13, 2020 welfare benefits granted due to disability, subject to conditions, were extended till June 30, 2020.

Additionally, all non-COVID-19 patients directed to private health structures for hospitalization, in an attempt to alleviate pressure from public hospitals, will not be subjected to any co-payments.

The Greek government has announced it will cover medical costs, as well as expenses related to necessary hospitalization of visitors suffering from COVID-19 symptoms while holidaying in the country. Positive cases will be hosted at designated hotels, cost of which will also be covered by the Greek state.