Τhe health ministry on Wednesday announced downward revisions in the pricing of a series of diagnostic tests and other medical procedures, in order to cut costs by reducing compensation paid to patients covered by state health insurance funds.
Among the procedures subjected to savage recosting was diagnostic arthroscopy, initially priced at 1,500 euros in 2014, where the compensation has been revised downward five times. The state healthcare insurer EOPYY will now pay a fee of 150 euros to the doctor and another 150 euros for consumables for the test.
The estimated cost of a positron emission tomography or PET-CT scan has been halved from 800 euros initially to 400 euros now.
In addition to procedures recosted downward, the announcement noted the pricing of 86 medical procedures and tests that were previously paid for by the patients in full and for which EOPYY will now give compensation.
The more significant of these are digital mammagrams, Nuchal Translucency (NT) ultrasound scans for Down’s Syndrome, Prenatal genetic testing for cystic fibrosis, HPV, vaginal ultrasound, coronary CT angiogram and PCR for A/H1N1 flu.