During the session there were reactions from members of the Health Committee, as well as from stakeholders, while there was talk of a proposal “that alters its philosophy ΓεΣΥ ».
The President of the Health Insurance Organization (OAY), Thomas Antoniou, stated that “this proposal alters the philosophy and the architecture of GESS, while it will motivate doctors to leave the system”.
He stated that “the invocation of the human right to access health is not justified, because in essence with this proposal the patient's right itself is overturned, which is implemented through the health system”, to add that “any changes in the GESS, that improve its function are welcome, but changes that alter its philosophy and architecture, the only result they will have is the collapse of the GESS and the patient's right to free and equal access to health. “
He also noted that this proposal creates two categories of doctors and two categories of patients.
The Chairman of the Health Committee, Efthymios Diplaros, said that any changes discussed today are not about changing the philosophy and architecture of GESS, to add that DISY believes that “mistakes, omissions and abuses” of the system should be corrected./p>
He said that the goal of any changes discussed is the highest quality upgrade of services provided to patients, assuring that these changes will not alter the philosophy and architecture of GESS.
In his statements after the session, the parliamentary representative of AKEL, George Loukaidis spoke of a “blatant conflict of interest” of the rapporteur of the proposal, since he belongs to the small minority of doctors who have not joined the GESS and obviously his proposal aims to serve the interests of health providers, who chose to stay out of GESS.
“There is a serious issue of order, which should concern the institutions of the Parliament”, said Mr. Loukaidis, who noted that from the beginning when this idea was expressed, his party has expressed its strong opposition. >
According to George Loukaidis, “this bill consciously aims to dismantle the philosophy, but also to damage the architecture of GESS”, to note that “those who fought and did everything to prevent health care providers, doctors and hospitals to join GESS, now they are looking for ways to motivate them, to push them out of GESS, since more than 90% have decided and have joined the system “.
Mr. Loukaidis noted that “something like this will open the back door, for there to be similar requests, not only from doctors, but also from hospitals that will be legalized to claim similar treatment.”
For his part, the President of EDEK argued that the bill he submitted does not bring additional costs to the system and will regulate the patient's right to free and direct access to any doctor he wants, to note that this regulation applies both in Greece, as well as in Britain in a different way. The proposal aims at better care and quality of health for citizens, as well as helps to decongest the large waiting lists that currently exist in some specialties.
He stressed that for EDEK it is “unjustified the attitude of some to fight this proposal”, which as he underlined “essentially serves only the patients and especially those who come from the low income classes of Cyprus”.
Responding to the comment of Mr. Loukaidis, who spoke of a “glaring conflict of interest”, Mr. Sizopoulos said that “there is no conflict of interest”, to add that he asked for the list of dermatological drugs, in order to establish that the number is less than ten and that these are drugs that are very cheap.
The parliamentary representative of DIKO, Panikos Leonidou said that his party is not in favor of the abolition of the health system, to note that this process, which works for the benefit of citizens and patients, must be safeguarded.
However, he noted that “on the other hand, if there are any gaps, we must find ways to address them and fill them”, adding that “Sizopoulos's proposal can be another case, which we could include in the context of a comprehensive discussion. , to fill other cases and other gaps, which create inequalities and issues of legitimacy and individual freedoms “.
Mr. Leonidou said that his party is ready to discuss, without creating the impression that it is trying in any way to alter or interfere with the central idea and philosophy of GESS.
The MP of DIPA – Cooperation, Michalis Giakoumis, reiterated the position of his party that” GESS is the greatest social achievement and we must ensure its viability, is and must remain as a single health insurance plan, as well as the improve, especially in matters of control and quality. patients.
“There are already issues of control and abuse in GESS by some doctors who are in GESS, I wonder how these doctors will be checked, who will be out but with the specific proposal law can be prescribed within GESS “, he added.