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Monday, December 23, 2013

The data speaks for itself: Enough is enough!


PRESS RELEASE

The data speaks for itself: Enough is enough!


In a few days the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko will complete its second year of operation. Two years of non-stop care, solidarity and struggle for what should exist without exceptions: Dignity, health, life.

In this second year the situation became tragic for those without any insurance, the long-term unemployed and those with no means of subsistence, who are excluded from public healthcare.

Last year's data are shocking:

·         Visits to the Metropolitan Community Clinic for primary health care (doctor visits, medicinal coverage) and provision of baby food are already more than 17.500.

·         Besides these visits, 2.331 laboratory tests were made, by collaborating laboratories that offer them for free to people that absolutely need them, as follows: 749 imaging tests, 193 cardiological tests, 503 ophtalmological, 886 blood and microbiological tests.

·         The Metropolitan Community Clinic arranged 102 surgical procedures, 78 in Public Hospitals and 24 in private ones. 21 of them were urgent - 15 of them were cardiac procedures and heart surgeries, 1 aortic aneurysm, 1 was cancer-related and 4 were childbirths.

Still, today, 50 patients with serious medical problems, await secondary treatment. 10 of them are in life-threatening conditions:

1 with abdominal aortic aneurysm
8 cardiac surgery cases
1 possible cancer

What will happen to these patients, that are verifiably in no position to pay? Will we let them die as well, Minister? Our hospitals with the closed budget you have imposed, can not cover these patients' health expenditures. When you show this criminal negligence regarding the uninsured patients, how do you expect us to believe that you will demonstrate the sensitivity required in the restructuring of primary health care?

We therefore call on the state in order not to grieve more victims, like the 36 year old cancer patient that died, leaving two young children behind.

Community Clinics are doing the best they can, but they can not replace secondary health care -the state has to assume its responsibilities at last.


PATIENTS ARE NOT ACCOUNTING PROBLEMS, THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS!




METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CLINIC AT HELLENIKO 

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ADDRESS: Inside the old American Military Base, 200m away from the Traffic Police of the Municipality of Helleniko, next to the Cultural Center of Helleniko
Post code TK16777, Elliniko, Attiki, Greece 
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