Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko This time, it was a 40 year old uninsured mother of two young children from the island of Mytilini. She died from a stroke because she didn’t have the money to pay for medication. The 40 year old hadn’t been t …

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Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko

Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko

This time, it was a 40 year old uninsured mother of two young children from the island of Mytilini. She died from a stroke because she didn’t have the money to pay for medication. The 40 year old hadn’t been taking her medication for some time now because she simply couldn’t afford it.

The policy of excluding uninsured people from the Greek health service means that human life is endangered and often lost because of the indifference of the Greek Ministry of Health and the government.While banks and lenders receive billions of euros, the government can’t spend 700 million euro (according to the Greek Minister of Health, that’s all it would cost) to help three million uninsured citizens.

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko was set up on a former US military base in December 2011 to create a solidarity health initiative that would provide support to people with no health insurance. The clinic often sees patients who have not been able to obtain (often for months) the treatment or medications necessary for their health.

How much longer will we need to count the dead who could be saved for such a modest amount?

Will the prosecutor investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of this 40 year old woman?

The Clinic at Helliniko has conducted a study which proves that even from an economic point of view, it is in the interest of the state to provide medical care to uninsured citizens. You can read more about that here.

Source for the news about the death of the 40 year old woman is: http://www.emprosnet.gr (in Greek)


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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