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Drastic measures


November 4th, 2010

Greece's largest health insurance provider announced that it would no longer pay for the special footwear that diabetics need for reducing pain but would pay instead for amputation.

Belt-Tightening Greeks: In October, Greece's largest health insurance provider announced, in a letter to a diabetes foundation, that it would no longer pay for the special footwear that diabetics need for reducing pain but suggested it would pay instead for amputation, which is less expensive. The decision, which the foundation said is not supported by international scientific literature, was published in the prominent Athens newspaper To Vima (The Tribune) and reported by the U.S. news site DailyCaller.com.
   
 
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