PROJECT OF MEDICAL VISITS WITH MOBILE UNITS
The aim of the Care for All project is the early diagnosis and prevention of health in the general population and the provision of integrated and quality health services in various regions of the country. At the same time, the aim is to raise awareness and health education in local communities and to link and refer to the public health system.
Médecins du Monde Greece, through its daily experience and the collection of statistical data, has observed a dramatic increase in the demand for basic and primary healthcare services in both urban centres and rural areas. Residents of remote and rural areas, both on the mainland and on the islands – especially during the winter months – have limited access to health care facilities (hospitals and health centres) either because of the long distances they have to travel or because of adverse weather conditions that preclude their movement.
At the same time, the National Health Care System has pathologies and difficulties that have therefore created gaps in the universal coverage of the needs of the population. Part of these weaknesses are due to the country’s financial crisis, with the consequent reduction in income, increase in unemployment and reduction in health expenditure.
With its equipped Medical Mobile Units, Médecins du Monde teams travel to remote areas of Greece and carry out medical examinations to the residents of the areas.
The Care for All team consists of a general practitioner and is accompanied by one of the following medical specialties: cardiologist, gynaecologist, orthopaedic and/or ophthalmologist. The team includes the necessary nursing and administrative staff. Through the implementation of the missions, the medical needs of the general population and the chronically ill are covered, with priority given to the most vulnerable, including the uninsured. The specialties involved in the missions are renewed on the basis of the needs of the inhabitants of the areas concerned and the programming. The action also covers e-prescription for beneficiaries in the area and facilitates general and specialized microbiological tests for beneficiaries with referrals to a microbiology center.