Nine in ten Greeks have economic difficulties to buy their medication, while 70% say their income is not enough for the purchase of all the medicine they need. Furthermore, 59.5% did not proceed to labour tests as advised by their physicians due to economic problems. These grim results came into light after a survey conducted by the Family Medicine Department of the University of Patras. The survey was conducted in the rural areas of the Achaia prefecture, in Northern Peloponnese.
“Even chronic sick have short cut their medication due to economic problems” Giorgos Matzouranis, the man in charge of the survey, said during the 24th Pan-Hellenic Conference of General Medicine, where he also presented the survey results.
90.6% of the respondents said that this year they have less possibility to purchase their medication. And 93.8% blamed the economic crisis for this.
Matzouranis said further that 90.3% of the respondents said that they have been cutting expenditure in basic needs like food, clothes, heating in the recent months in order to b able to purchase their medication. and that one-third of the chronic ill have asked their doctors to prescribe a cheaper drug.
However Greek Health Ministry launched quite some changes in the medication prescription procedures and also it took out of the official lists many drugs, with the effect that patients are forced to pay from their own pockets.