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Health Minister: Option of afternoon surgeries at public hospitals start in Greece

As the Minister of Health pointed out, the afternoon surgeries will be done transparently, at a much lower cost than in the private sector, and attention will be paid to detail.

A decision launching the operation of paid afternoon surgeries at Greece's public National Health System (NHS) hospitals will be signed immediately, Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis said while presenting the plan on Monday. He clarified that the plan does not amount to a privatization of the system, which will continue to offer traditional, state-funded healthcare during the mornings.

"Afternoon surgeries were my priority from the beginning," the health minister emphasized and added: "We are not telling hospitals today that in a month you will introduce afternoon surgeries. We are asking them to tell us who can and who wants to.

The decision will be made jointly by the clinics and the hospital administration."