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Factsheet for case GR-2020-13/679 – measures in Greece

e-prescriptions and delivery of pharmaceutical products to patients via courier

Αρθρα 36,49,50,51 &53,''Aυλη συνταγογράφηση', Πράξη Νομοθετικού Περιεχομένου (ΠΝΠ) , Αρ. Φύλλου 68, 20.03.2020

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, started on 23 March 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 16 April 2020 (updated 03 May 2020)

Background information

By virtue of the Legislative Act 20 March 2020 "Urgent measures to address the consequences of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, to support the society and entrepreneurship, and to safeguard the smooth operation of the market and public administration", e-prescriptions and Delivery of Pharmaceutical Products to Patients via Courier provide for the operation of e-prescription services so that physical contact between doctors and patients is avoided.  An individual may obtain his/her e-prescriptions and medical referrals through the electronic portal using his/her unique Taxisnet code.

(Articles 36, 49, 50, 51 and 53 of the Legislative Act of 20.03.2020)

Content of measure

By virtue of the Legislative Act 20 March 2020 an individual may obtain his/her e-prescriptions and medical referrals through the electronic portal using his/her unique Taxisnet code. Physicians may reissue the prescription upon request of their patients by phone, fax, email or SMS. Patients, or their first- and second-degree relatives or authorized third parties, may acquire the medication from pharmacists by showing the prescription barcode. For the next four months, provided there is still a risk of COVID-19 spreading, medicines can also be delivered by a certified courier company to vulnerable groups and patients who are in isolation.

Use of measure

All citizens with Taxisnet code.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

No involvement

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 20 March 2020: Act of Legislative Content on “Urgent measures to address the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, to support society and entrepreneurship and to ensure the smooth functioning of the market and public administration.” (O.G A’ 68/20-3-2020) (www.et.gr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), e-prescriptions and delivery of pharmaceutical products to patients via courier, case GR-2020-13/679 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.