Thus, a “package” of tests for cardiovascular risk (lipidemic profile) awaits citizens with their first visit to their personal doctor, from October 1 onwards.
After the “Fofi Gennimata” breast cancer screening program, the Ministry of Health is launching the expansion of the “Spyros Doxiadis” program, this time with a series of tests aimed at cardiovascular risk.
Citizens will be notified by SMS that will be sent in the coming weeks and the program will be implemented through personal doctors.
How will the exam be done?
More specifically, citizens who will be notified by personal message, will have the opportunity after registering – if they have not already done so – to visit their personal doctor and he, in the context of taking the medical history, preparing the Individual Electronic Health File , but also after the clinical examination, to assess the cardiovascular risk and prescribe the necessary tests, which will be free for the citizen.
It is worth noting that – as the circular of the Ministry of Health provides – the appointments with the personal doctor will start taking place in the context of the pilot operation of the institution, from October 1st onwards.
Appointments will last 15 minutes, while at the first meeting the citizen will spend half an hour with his doctor, in order to complete his medical history, the “Personal Health File”.
Presenting the above program at the “The future of healthcare in Greece” conference, the general secretary of Public Health, Irini Agapidakis, said that the personal doctor will change the way PHY treats the citizen.
In addition, in her statements on iatropedia.gr, she emphasized that with the changes being promoted, we are moving from a physician-centered to a patient-centered model, with the aim of improving the health of the population:
“The citizen will now turn to his personal physician not just to interpret the results, but to explain to him the risk he may be running for the development of cardiovascular disease and to help him deal with the main risk factors (smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy nutrition, lack of physical activity) that are responsible for the appearance of the main chronic diseases”, she said.
Irini Agapidaki: The training of personal physicians in disease prevention
For the proper functioning of the institution, the Ministry of Health plans to train personal doctors, so that, in collaboration with public health agencies, they can provide counseling to citizens, in order to reduce the main risk factors that lead to the appearance of most chronic diseases.
It is also one of the reasons why the Minister of Health Thanos Pleuris, by his decision, included all pathological specialties in the institution of the personal doctor.
So now, personal doctors will be defined – not only pathologists and general practitioners – but the following 10 additional medical specialties:
Hematologists, Gastroenterologists, Endocrinologists-Diabetologists, Cardiologists, Neurologists, Nephrologists, Rheumatologists, Pathologists Oncologists, Pulmonologists-Tuberculologists and the doctors of Natural Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The above doctors who do private work will be able to join the institution by signing a contract with EOPYY.
“Physicians will receive relevant training that is specifically designed to respond to the challenges they face and can be easily integrated into their daily clinical practice,” says Ms. Agapidakis, and emphasizes that these are intervention models that aim to change health behaviors and not just the provision of information by the doctor, as we have been used to until now.
“So we’re equipping personal physicians with tools to help them make a difference in improving population health and develop a relationship with their patient that will drive that change,” he explains.
Extension of the program to other preventive examinations
By focusing on detecting cancers at an early stage, the aim is to increase the number of screenings to cover more population groups and types of cancer.
Thus, according to announcements by the Minister of Health, Thanos Pleuris, the program of preventive examinations in the population is expected to be extended to other diseases, such as cervical cancer, colon cancer and childhood obesity.
With these programs, the State is trying to create a new “culture” of prevention in the Greek population, which has not been achieved to date.
So now, the state is approaching the citizen to remind him to prevent his health problems and take care of himself, while at the same time, a new framework is being formed, so that this can be done free of charge and without suffering.
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