What? Surgeon in public hospital arrested for ‘fakelaki’? Not possible…


Ι am afraid there is no cure for this country and the people. Greek media report that police arrested a heart surgeon and department chief at one of Athens biggest public hospitals for demanding bribe for a surgery. A famous fakelaki of 500 euro. The patient informed the police and the story ended in the surgeon’s arrest and suspension from duty. He faces felony charges.

“The surgeon was caught in flagranti with the marked banknotes on him, He kept a book with notes of money he had received and distributed [to other doctors] as well.”

In the report of state TV NERIT, a citizen said that “if the doctors receiving good salaries they couldn’t ask for bribes and we wouldn’t give.”

To tell you the truth nobody is surprised. The practice of public hospital doctors to demand from patients black money in an envelope -therefore the name ‘fakelaki’, i.e. little envelope – is as old as the public hospitals and the public services.

Four years of economic crisis, over-taxation and reforms in Greek hospitals have changed nothing. At least. they changed nothing in the deep-rooted mentality of bribe and corruption among the public servants.

The good news is that the tariffs for fakelaki were decreased due to the crisis – but that could be just a rumor….

A 59-year-old heart surgeon and department chief at one of Athens’s biggest public hospitals, Evangelismos, has been arrested after demanding that a patient pay him 1,500 euros for surgery that had been deemed life-saving, police reported on Thursday.

According to the unnamed male patient who filed the complaint, he had been rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack and was told he needed immediate surgery.

The surgeon, who headed the department where the patient was being treated, demanded 1,500 euros for the surgery to go ahead, according to the report. When the patient appeared reluctant to pay up, the surgeon allegedly threatened to have him discharged without performing the procedure.

After some negotiation, the doctor agreed to an upfront payment of 500 euros in order to schedule the surgery at once. A relative of the patient delivered the money in marked notes after the police became involved. (ekathimerini)

The investigation also found that the same doctor had demanded money from another patient in May.

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3 Responses to “What? Surgeon in public hospital arrested for ‘fakelaki’? Not possible…”

  1. David Stone Says:

    Doctors who demand these type of “life saving” actions and are caught should be struck off the list and have their license suspended for ever. They should also not have the possibility to work abroad !
    I guess that it would though, not be long before there were no doctors left in Greece ? Though I must admit I know of some who have actually refused “Fakelaki” !

    • keeptalkinggreece Says:

      the fakelaki could be exterminated once doctors in public hospitals are better paid. all thes eyears the gov’ts turned a blind eye as fakelakis would compensate for the low salaries.

  2. Patient who accused surgeon for bribe dies after delayed heart operation; prosecutor investigates Says:

    […] The patient and his family would not afford to pay this amount and made a complaint to police. The surgeon, 60,  was arrested last week. […]

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