Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2015

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Should medical non-governmental organizations in Greece develop mass screening programs? A case study.
Iordanis Sidiropoulos

Building: Titania
Room: Platon
Date: 2015-02-06 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-01-27


Medical non-governmental organizations operating in Greece have not focused so far their activities on screening programs. The objective of this study is to provide a framework for testing a model for developing screening centers within medical NGOs through the development of a newborn hearing screening clinic in a NGO Polyclinic in Thessaloniki. Hearing loss is the commonest birth defect. Failure to diagnose it early can have a detrimental effect on a child’s language and social development. If diagnosed, it can be managed. This is why universal neonatal hearing screening is widely used in Greece. However, people of a low socioeconomic background with no insurance are systematically excluded from the hearing screening pathway. Methodologically, a systematic review of relevant cost-benefit analyses is utilized. The development plan of the screening clinic is presented. The criteria for testing the hypothesis that the development of such programs allows access of the screened populations to public health care, since it is easier to work towards securing public health insurance for the people who have failed the screening test compared with the general population lacking insurance, are listed. It is argued that medical NGOs can have a unique role in this area.


Screening; NGO; cost-benefit analysis