ATHENS – Another directive mandated by Greece’s international lenders – controlling the cost of drugs – is losing ground after a court suspended a government decision to place a monthly limit on the value of drugs that doctors working with main healthcare provider EOPYY can prescribe.
The government said it appeal the ruling by the country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State instead of ignoring as it has done to other decisions it didn’t like.
Prescriptions for the first half of this year were 141 million euros above the target agreed with the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB). Last year the government went 135 million euros over the goal and costs are expanding, not being reined in.
The ceiling the government wanted to set was linked to a doctor’s specialty as well as which part of the country they are in and the month of the year.
Doctors’ unions have labeled the measure unconstitutional as it could prevent patients receiving the medicine they need.