The urgency of the implementation of measures leading to the reorganisation of the National Health System in Greece was underlined by most of the speakers who addressed a Financial Times conference held in Athens on Tuesday.

Speaking in the conference entitled “Shaping the future of Healthcare in Greece: From past weaknesses and present challenges to a new vision”, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos stressed that Greece should hurry because the implementation of reforms in the health sector cannot be delayed much longer.

Loverdos underlined the urgency of creating a smaller public sector, adding that “electronic” health is a top priority. He also stressed that his goal is to further reduce pharmaceutical expenditures forecasting that the reduction will be at least 1.3 billion euros in 2011.