Even before the crisis, public hospitals were under strain and the notorious cash-filled "fakelaki
" or "little envelope" which patients have had to hand over to get good treatment have become a byword for the corruption in the system.
"Don't they owe the country and its people something?" He also urged more action on endemic tax evasion, particularly rife among professions such as doctors and lawyers, where under-the-table cash payments -- known in Greece as fakelaki
or "little envelopes" -- are standard practice to avoid declaring income.