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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-05

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PASOK leader outlines health policy
  • [02] PM visits Ancient Market Place

  • [01] PASOK leader outlines health policy

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou outlined his party's health programme titled "Health and care for all", while addressing his party's conference on the issue of health on Saturday morning, saying that a new National Health System (ESY) must be established that will be financially viable and provide high quality services.

    Papandreou added that it must bring about a drastic decrease in inequalities in the health sector, while also referring to an increase in the system's financing by 1 percent of GDP by the end of the four-year period and the implementation of health through all ministries.

    The PASOK leader further said medical and pharmaceutical care must be provided on a 24-hour basis. In this framework, he proposed the creation of Family Medicine Units in cities' neighbourhoods, regardless of the social insurance funds to which inhabitants belong.

    Papandreou further said that bureaucracy and inconvenience must be combatted with an electronic health card that will include diagnosis, prescriptions and laboratory tests and through which immediate access to a patient's medical record will be possible.

    Health must also be related to development, Papandreou stressed, meaning quality services that will be linked to the development of tourism, sports and culture and scientific and medical tourism must be developed to enable people to come to Greece who need specialised restorative and preventive medical services or prolonged treatment.

    [02] PM visits Ancient Market Place

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visited the Ancient Market Place in Athens on Saturday, accompanied by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis and culture ministry Secretary General Christos Zachopoulos. He said that 5th-century antiquities related to the Acropolis returned to Greece a few weeks ago and are on display in the Attalos Arcade.

    "Day after day, the serious and methodical effort aimed at claiming and repatriating elements of our cultural heritage, that are in foreign museums or in private colllections, is producing and will continue to produce tangible results," the prime minister said.

    "And, of course, the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures remains the great goal. I am confident that the new Acropolis Museum, work for whose completion is now going on with a speedy pace, will add new and very strong arguments to this effort," Karamanlis added.


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