The Greek coalition government is currently working on new healthcare policies to expand free and subsidized health coverage. According to a ministerial decision uninsured Greeks and migrants residing legally in Greece who were denied healthcare in the past due to their lack of social security, will be able to obtain health coverage.
It was estimated that a total of 2 million Greeks are uninsured. The Greek government decided to expand health coverage, after also putting an end to the 5-euro fee that people had to pay to visit a public hospital.
The government plans to include no financial criteria for people who want to apply for healthcare which will now be issued by KEP, the Citizens’ Information Centers, located in multiple areas across Greece.
Furthermore, any underage children and pregnant women regardless the status of their residence, will be able to receive healthcare, provided that they are not already covered by private insurance.
Obtaining healthcare coverage will be simple, with the applicant having to sign a document declaring that that he or she have no social insurance. The consultation period for the final decision will last until May 11.