Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Furor in Greece over pedophilia as a disability
January 9th, 2012 in Health
(AP) -- Greek disability groups expressed anger Monday at a government
decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to
include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs.
The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action
"incomprehensible," and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher
government disability pay than some people who have received organ
The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list - that
also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and
sadomasochists - were included for purposes of medical assessment and
used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.
But NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind, warned the new
list could create new difficulties for disabled Greeks who are already
facing benefit cuts due to the country's financial crisis.
"What's happened is incomprehensible. I think there is some big
mistake. The ministry should have a different policy on disability,"
Vardakastanis told the Associated Press. "The list contains major
changes to disability quotients, which could effectively remove many
people from access to benefits."
The new list gives pyromaniacs and pedophiles disability pay up to 35
percent, compared to 80 percent for heart transplant recipients.
"It's really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20-30 percent
disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots
four or five times a day," said Vardakastanis.
Greece has been fighting to avoid bankruptcy since 2009. Public
spending on health and welfare programs has been sharply cut under
austerity measures imposed as a condition for receiving emergency
loans from the International Monetary Fund and other countries using
the euro currency.
Independently run welfare programs that survived on state grants have
been the hardest hit, leaving some disabled groups, including the
deaf, facing sudden drops in their standard of care.
The government is also battling widespread abuse in the welfare
system, forcing tens of thousands of disabled people to be reassessed.
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