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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-31

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM presides over meeting over implementation of e-prescription system
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline 

  • [01] PM presides over meeting over implementation of e-prescription system

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou was chairing an inter-ministerial meeting at noon on Monday convened to examine the issue of a nationwide electronic prescription system for the country's state-run health and pension funds, a more-or-less pressing matter due increasing costs and the suspected practice over-subscribing of drugs.

    The system would also include public hospitals and other health providers.

    The labour & social insurances ministry has been the first to initiate the system, with all of the funds promising to join by May, with hospitals' participation now the question mark due to deficient operational and technical support in such facilities. The prospect of an international tender for IT support and programmes has also been broached. (ANA-MPA)

    According to relevant ministers, impressive cost-cutting results have already been recorded in only the pilot phase of the new e-prescription system, with only a partial implementation resulting in saving of 850 million euros for 2010, whereas the target for 2012 is no less than 3.6 billion euros -- 1.4 billion for 2011. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by jittery markets due to the unrest in Egypt, with the basic share price index down 1.13 percent, standing at 1,573.29 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 15.502 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 1.48 percent; and Chemicals, up 1.27 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 3.22 percent; and Construction, down 2.18 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.32 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.04 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 1.37 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 16 were up, 61 were down, and 16 were unchanged.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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