Helliniko 12 October 2012
It is with great pleasure that we announce our first birth. On 12 October 2012 a healthy baby girl was born with the help of the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko (MCCH).
Two months ago, a couple came to the clinic who not only did not have the ability to pay for the costs of childbirth, they did not have the funds for any of the prenatal tests up to the seventh month of pregnancy.
The couple's story is similar to hundreds of patients we serve each month. Their shop closed. With debts to the insurance fund, the family was left without health insurance. Their three-year-old boy had not even had his vaccinations. They applied to a public hospital which denied them services as they could not pay. Further, they did not offer the couple any alternative route to find care.
MCCH contacted a private hospital which bore the entire cost of prenatal care and childbirth. And that was how a healthy girl came into the world.
The policies which led to our patient’s exclusion from the public health system meant that a period that should be one of the most beautiful in a woman’s life became a living nightmare.
The state has a duty to put an end to these tragedies. All citizens should be given access to the public health system. Until that day, we will continue to do what we can to fill the gap.