Doctors, self employed and state employed, are on strike in Greece. At the same time pharmacies have stopped providing medicines to people ensured in the Social Security System (IKA is the largest social security fund in Greece but smaller ones are also in the pharmacists black list) claiming that the social security fail to repay them . Health Minister Mr. Loverdos has threatened that unless the strike ends he will sign agreements with individual pharmacies instead of a collective agreement with all pharmacies.
Hospital doctors will hold a general Assembly on Thursday to determine their future action. The doctors employed by IKA will continue their strike until Friday while self employed doctors end their strike today.
All this means that in addition to all their problems Greek citizens now have to pay for their medicines and health care and pray that they will be reimbursed in the future by their pension and security funds.