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Factsheet for case GR-2020-48/1499 – measures in Greece

Setting of a maximum profit margin for health related products and services

Θέσπιση ανώτατου ορίου κέρδους

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 27 November 2020 – 28 February 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Case created 29 November 2020 (updated 15 December 2020)

Background information

The Ministry of Development and Investment announced the setting of a maximum profit margin in businesses selling products or providing services needed for the health as well as for nutrition, transportation and security of consumers. The measure in in force until 28 February, 2021 with a possibility of further extension.

Content of measure

The Ministry of Development & Investment announced, Friday 27 November 2020 that, by virtue of art. 21, LA 20.03.2020 as amended by art. 28, L.4753/2020 a new amendment will be submitted in the next few days by which it will be empowered to be able to set maximum final prices, on goods and services, necessary to ensure the public health and the financial interests of the citizens. As such the amendment will provide for the maximum final charge rates for COVID-19 testing to each private service provider.

The prices are as follows:

  • As a maximum charge for the RT-PCR molecular test for the detection of the COVID-19, €40,00.
  • As a maximum charge for the rapid test for coronary antigen detection COVID-19 (Rapid test),€10.00.

Use of measure

The measure applies to all citizens.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Contractors of a company
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 No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement

Views and reactions

No available answer



Eurofound (2020), Setting of a maximum profit margin for health related products and services, case GR-2020-48/1499 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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