Helliniko 15 April 2013
A visit by a member of the Swiss Parliament, Liliane Maury Pasquier to MCCH
On 13 April, 2013, the volunteers at MCCH were visited at the clinic by the president of the Parliamentary Committee of Social Welfare and Health of the council of Europe. Liliane Maury Pasquier, a Swiss MP of the Socialists, visited Greece for two days in connection with the preparation of a presentation by the French Christian-Democrat MP Jean Louis Lauren concerning “Fair and Equal Access to Health Care” in Europe. Mrs. Pasquier was given a guided tour and witnessed with her own eyes, the structure and functioning of the clinic.
We at MCCH expressed our opinions and conveyed the facts which reflect the situation that exists for all those excluded from the Greek Public Health Care system - the jobless and the uninsured. We pointed out how long term lack of health care (i.e. in cancer patients) has led to a rapid deterioration of their situation made more difficult by failing to find the necessary drugs. Finally we pointed out the desperation of mothers forced to give birth alone with no medical coverage.
Mrs. Pasquier has witnessed “another world” and we believe that she will communicate what she has seen and heard at MCCH in her report to the Council of Europe.
We thank her profusely for visiting us – especially since we had not been on her itinerary. For MCCH it was an important and significant meeting.