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Mitsotakis & Stournaras agree: Greeks need neo-liberal policies in pensions, health care

Neo-liberal policies will be implemented in the social security and pensions sector, should New Democracy come to power. ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Bank of Greece governor, Yannis Stournaras, fully agree on that. New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged to abolish the so-called Katrougalos law that cut pensions once …

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Life expectancy in Greece dropped in 2015 for the first time, says OECD

Life expectancy in Greece rose for decades but dropped in 2015, in the sixth year of economic crisis and austerity measures that brought also dramatic expenditure cuts in the health sector. According to data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), after 2014 there was a fall in Greek …

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1:2 Greeks postpone seeking medical advice, 4:10 cannot afford buying prescription medicine

One in two Greeks postpones seeking medical advice, four in ten patients cannot afford to pay patient’s participation in the purchase of prescription medication due to lack of economic means. This was revealed by the president of the program “Health for All,” Eleni Sotiropoulou. Groups most affected by the economic …

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Gov’t to write off debts of uninsured patients to Greece’s public hospitals

Health Minister Andreas Xanthos announced a legislation in order to facilitate the write off of uninsured patients’ debts to public hospitals and therefore to the tax office. Speaking to Sto Kokkino FM, Xanthos said that there have been confirmed debts amounting 28,000,000 euros for treatment of uninsured patients until 2015. …

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UNHR “Humanitarian crisis in Greece has worsened” after 5 years of fiscal adjustment

The independent investigator from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner concluded his mission on the effects of the foreign debt crisis, the creditors’ adjustment program and the impact on economic, social and cultural Human rights. In the UNHR website, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky posted his preliminary report …

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ND MP proposed to creditors “to reject Tsipras’ Reform List” & “impose capital controls”

Do Greece’s creditors follow and apply advises proposed by conservative New Democracy? It is highly interesting that ND parliamentary group leader and former Health Minister Adonis Gerogriadis had already “advised” creditors to not adopt Tsipras’ plan and instead economically drain the country and impose capital controls. Georgiadis’ proposal came after …

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UPD Greek pharmacists launch open-end strike as of Mar 26/2014

UPDATE: After the outcry and the troubled Greke patients standing up to three hour sin long queues, Greek pharmacies suspended their strike on April 1st 2014. March 26th, KTG reported: Hardly had Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis “solved” the problems with the doctors working at National Health Care system, he …

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Greek Health SOS: new “reform” bill to leave patients without access to health care

Hundreds of doctors working at National Health Care system (EOPYY) and public hospitals gathered in downtown Athens on Thursday morning to protest the so-called “health reforms” that close down the National Health Care institution (EOPYY), will give the green light to lay-offs of some 3,000 doctors and close down thousands …

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Greek insured to pay one euro per prescription as of Jan 8/2014

A new tax, a new poll levy. As of today, 8th January 2014, Greek insured will be obliged to pay one euro per prescription they will redeem at the pharmacies. The euro-levy will go for the National Health Care system EOPYY. According to health ministry, excepted from the poll levy …

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Catch up with weekend news: taxes, health care and smog

It’s always difficult to catch up with the news if there has been a blogging break for a couple of days. And it is more difficult when re-start blogging occurs on a Monday. Nothing extraordinary important occurred during the weekend. Bloggers need a break from time to time, to step …

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Greeks to sink in insurance contributions: pension of 360 EUR and “compulsory life insurance”

Groundbreaking changes in Greece’s pension schemes are on the way as the social insurance funds are about to collapse due to high unemployment and liquidity shortage in the labor market. There are plans for a national pension of just 360 EUR and a ‘compulsory life insurance’ to cover the rest …

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