More than 3.2 million people use remote prescription: 45.2 million prescriptions filled in two years

It has been two years since the “remote prescription” came to Greece, a service of the national health system, which was quickly adopted and immediately used by citizens who appreciated its convenience.

The number of citizens who have declared their desire to register in the system of non-material prescriptions (σύστημα άυλης συνταγογράφησης) from the very beginning to the present day has reached 3,232,606, and the number of non-material prescriptions issued has reached 45,231,221, while prescriptions issued remotely (including diagnostic) amounted to 41,291,421. Digital Government Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, in his post about the “birthday” of the service, noted:

“Today marks two years since the activation of remote prescription, one of the first new services we have included in the system. More than 3,200,000 of our fellow citizens receive prescriptions for medicines via SMS to a mobile phone or by e-mail. We are implementing platforms that make everyday life easier and improve the quality of life for all citizens.”

According to IDIKA, a body supervised by the Ministry of Digital Government, on the first day of the introduction of the service on March 22, 2020, the number of citizens who expressed a desire to receive remote healthcare services reached 1546, the number of issued non-material prescriptions was 77, and the first executed prescriptions were 40. It is noteworthy that that since the second day the number of registered in the system has increased dramatically, 7638 citizens have expressed their desire for remote referrals for obtaining medicines and diagnostics.

Over the course of two years, the big explosion in the number of people who said they wanted a non-material prescription occurred about a year after it went into effect, April 27, 2021 – 21,395 citizens. While the number of non-material prescriptions has reached 114,505, 101,410 diagnostic prescriptions have been executed.

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