Births drop 14 pct since start of crisis as Greece faces wider population worries

Society

The number of children born in Greece fell by more than 14 percent between 2009, when the country began to feel the impact of its economic crisis, and last year. The figures were submitted to Parliament last week by Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis after a question about a possible rise in the number of still births because of uninsured women foregoing crucial tests during pregnancy.

Georgiadis was not able to shed light on the number of still births. Nevertheless, the issue of long-term unemployed Greeks not having access to free or subsidized public healthcare has been a key social issue during the crisis years. The government rec...

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