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.
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