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Greek FinMin Stournaras: Ireland & Portugal envy level of health services in Greece (lol)

No, it’s not a joke. However I thought to start the day with this story, because reading it makes you wanna live nowhere else but in Greece 🙂 Speaking at a health care conference in Athens, Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras told the audience that Ireland and Portugal seek the ways how the Greek government manage to keep the level of services in the health sector – despite continuous  austerity measures and recession. 

Yiannis Stournaras’ success model

“The success of of the Greek government in maintaining the welfare indicator of the Greek citizens in relation to other European countries is so big, that Ireland and Portugal want to copy the model,” Stournaras, claimed.

“They saw how we maintain the level of our prosperity and they envy us throughout Europe”

Apparently Stournaras has not heard yet of chronic-ill who stopped taking medicine because they cannot afford to buy it. Neither did he hear about patients who must wait 6-8 weeks to get an appointment with an EOPYY doctor. And of course, never has he heard of the pharmacists protests that push hundreds of thousands of low incomers to pay life-saving medication form they own pockets, if they have the money to do it.

No, we don’t mention the dubious generics drugs that flooded the market here and that despite the fact that they are generics certain categories of chronic-ill have to pay a 25% own additional contribution.

We do not mention either that since the unification of several insurance funds to National Health Care Organisation (EOPYY) even a low pensioner sees every month 30 euro less, deducted from his pension as a contribution to the health wonder called EOPYYiiiiiiiii!

It is also understandable we do not mention here the shortage of personnel and material in the state hospitals, then we do not want to scare tourists…

Nevertheless,  the bragging of Stournaras was answered by those having a more realistic picture about the situation in Greece than the Finance Minister or any government minister of the health sector.

The vice president of the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association noted that the pharmaceutical expenditure has been reduced by 45% compared with 2009, while by 2014 the decline is calculated to reach 65%!

The dean of  the National School of Public Health pointed out that -contrary to what is alleged by Stournaras- Health level of the Greeks  has diminished, as valued by the citizens themselves, because of borrowing, unemployment and reduced income. Especially the latter, leads patients to postpone or cancel necessary health services, because there is no additional money anymore to be spent of the health sector.

PS We assume that the assets of Yiannis Stournaras allow him to come up for any costs in case of emergency or even seek health services in the private sector. We mean, in worst case, he could sell his stone villa on the beautiful island of Syros. Of course, we do not wish that Stournaras will ever get confronted either with a health problen nor with the neccesity to sell his villa.

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  1. The man need medical help, fast and lots of it. Thank God he’s in the right place…

  2. ” Of course, we do not wish that Stournaras will ever get confronted either with a health problem nor with the neccesity to sell his villa. ”

    Actually, no. I disagree. Perhaps thats exactly what he needs (and many other politicians too). It just might be the wake-up call that they need. Remember the movie “Superman” in the 1980’s? How the actor was paralysed from the neck downwards for the rest of his life? Remember how he then vouched for many organizations by bringing awareness to the public that studied his illness? People are dying daily and not only from illnesses. They are committing suicide!!!! Excuse me for not being sympathetic with your views…

    I don’t wish it for him or anyone else, but if it happened to him I really won’t care. Sorry.

  3. A 75yr old shot himself here in Preveza last week supposedly because he was very ill, I assume he wanted to relieve his relatives of burden and unnecessary expense. What a horrible situation we are living in!

    • and a 90-year old shot his wife (80) and killed himselft as he didn’t want to be burden for his children.

  4. The shit people say.

  5. UNBELIEVABLE!!! I have a chronic heart condition since birth and I now pay 21 euros a month for pharmaka beforeit was 5.50 eauros. In the UK all my medication was generic here (Crete) the IKA doctors and pharmacists will not prescribe cheaper generic drugs because they believe they will be supplied useless counterfeits! I take Warfarin/Panwarfin but the goverment no longer allows IKA to cover this. (98 cents for 28 tablets) but now ‘sponsor’ the less effective, more expensive Sintrom (4.20 + euros for 28 tablets. The previously good/reasonable access to healthcare in Greece is seriously compromised and people are dying. Strikes? the government ministers are not affected, do not know and do not cARE!!!!!

  6. The Irish have their own way of nailing cancer patients to the wall. As if having a cancer is not enough stress…