Athens’ Henry Dunant Hospital To Return To Greece’s National Healthcare System



An entrance to the Dunant Hospital. Photo by dunant.gr

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chaired a meeting on Monday at Maximos Mansion in Athens with the managing director of Piraeus Bank and the president of the Onassis Foundation. The conference was called to examine the issue of buying out the Henry Dunant hospital in Athens, with the aim of returning it to the Greek state and its National Healthcare System.

Tsipras noted on social media that the impressive Dunant Hospital had been ”a gem for the public healthcare system, which passed overnight to private interests with favorable amendments that serve the elite.”

The Greek Prime Minister said in his post that ”through cooperation of the state with the Onassis Foundation, it is now returning to the public healthcare system and to the service of the many.”

Henry Dunant Hospital, built in 2000, is licensed for 478 beds. It has twenty-five operating theaters, thirty-eight intensive care and step-down beds, a seventy-eight-bed One-Day Care Clinic, and a department consisting of twenty-four kidney dialysis units.

The facility is one of the largest and most well-equipped hospitals in the nation of Greece.

Until recently, Henry Dunant Hospital had been operated by the Greek arm of the International Red Cross.