The addition of ten more medical specialties to the list of Personal Doctors, rather than solving the problem, probably exacerbates it.
The leadership of the Ministry of Health added these specialties in the hope that it will cover the medical gaps created by the reduced participation of pathologists and general practitioners in the institution, so that a Personal Doctor can be found for all citizens.
It will be found;
“There is a lot of confusion among colleagues,” the president of the Medical Association of Patras and the president of the EOPYY Physicians Association tells us. Anna Mastorakouand explains:
“Many colleagues called me as soon as the relevant announcements were made. Several expressed reluctance because the specialties they hold and their subject matter are specializations of pathology. For the citizens to understand that pathology is a basic core of their education but it is not the subject in which they have specialized”.
We asked Ms. Mastorakou what this means in practice.
“For example, as a colleague mentioned to me, there are restrictions on prescribing. There are provisions for fines if a doctor prescribes a medicine that is not in his own field. Therefore, how will a Personal Physician who is not a medical doctor prescribe drugs that are forbidden to him?’
The second important issue raised by city doctors to Ms. Mastorakou concerns the “medical responsibility towards the insured. Can there be a purely pathological event, how will the non-competent doctor deal with it? For example, how can a physiotherapist who is for rehabilitation take on a case of pyelonephritis? From the first records I have made of the reactions of the colleagues, the climate for their inclusion in the institution of Personal Physician is not positive, mainly by pointing out that the specialized knowledge does not allow them to take responsibility and direct such a large population that can to display everything.”
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However, the management of the Medical Association of Patras has sent the doctors involved all the legal framework that governs the new institution and in the coming days it will be seen whether and how many will want to support it.
According to the decision, as Personal Physicians are also defined specialty doctors with basic training in Pathology who practice a freelance profession and maintain a private practice. Specifically, these are the following specialties:
h) pathological oncology,
i) pulmonology-tuberculology and
j) physical medicine and rehabilitation.