Greek healthcare goes all-generic

Jan. 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Health Ministry in Greece said doctors in a national healthcare plan would only be allowed to prescribe generic drugs.

Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said revenue from some government initiatives had fallen short of expectations. About $3 million was raised by selling smoking permits to casinos and other establishments with live music, Ekathimerini reported Tuesday.

The government had projected the smoking permits would raise $52 million.

Moving to generic drugs only for doctors in the National Organization for Healthcare Provision is expected to save $1.17 billion a year. Currently, only 18 percent of prescription medications in Greece are generic drugs, Ekathimerini reported.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories