Around 3 million Greeks without health insurance



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Three million Greeks live without health insurance
10.12.2013

The economic problems in Greece that arose in connection with the financial crisis in 2008 are also increasingly having an impact on the social benefits of the financially stricken medium-sized state. Month after month the number of people who are no longer able to pay their social security contributions increases. In this context, the organization "Doctors of the World" draws attention to the resulting serious consequences for the residents.

Around three million people can no longer afford health insurance. This corresponds to a population of 10.8 million citizens, a share of almost 30 percent. A gigantic number considering that the effects also affect a lot of children.

As the EU, in cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), makes enormous savings in the Greek budget as conditions for financial support, the suffering of the population is increasing rapidly. Expenditures for health and social expenditures are being cut more and more, which of course also affects medical care.

Children are not sufficiently vaccinated. According to the organization, falling out of social security has serious consequences, especially for pregnant women and children. The proportion of stillbirths rose by a fifth between 2008 and 2011. Vaccinations are no longer carried out in many children and the benefits for chronically ill people are also increasingly restricted. The "doctors of the world" put the costs for vaccinations in the first six years of life at 1900 to 2500 euros. 6580 of the 10,600 children looked after had to be vaccinated by the organization. The statutory social security agency -ETAM recently refused therapeutic footwear for diabetics. The reason given was that an amputation was more economical. Various initiatives and organizations confirm that more and more Greeks are looking for help because they no longer have access to health services, which means that they are dependent on the offers of social organizations. (fr)

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