Health Minister Andreas Xanthos criticised the health programme unveiled by main opposition New Democracy and its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday, saying that the plans did not resemble a state programme so much as a “school essay”.
“Mr. Mitsotakis has finally announced ND’s programme for health. Only it is not a government programme but a ‘school essay’ and some vaguely-worded announcements that reveal a tragic paucity of a thought-out healthcare policy and, chiefly, the ND leader’s attempt to hide the neoliberal core of this plan, which is to buy services from state-supported private business sector,” he said.
Far from providing healthcare for all, Xanthos added, ND had left 2.5 million uninsured Greeks excluded from public healthcare during the crisis years, when it was in power. According to the health minister, Mitsotakis was forced to talk about a “better public health system” without believing in it, noting that the supporter of the “smaller state” and “free market” had no credibility when promising to solve the problems of the national public health system.