Greece's public healthcare in a muddled and troubled state

EconomyFeatures By: Omaira Gill
Photo by Alex Proimos via Flickr
Photo by Alex Proimos via Flickr

Greece provides a universal free or low-cost public healthcare system to employees or the self-employed insured with the country’s social security system. However, plummeting government spending and rising unemployment have led to the country’s public healthcare landscape has taken a heavy beating.

Greece’s healthcare system, like much of its social structures, went on a spending spree in the pre-crisis years. Corruption was rife and bribes were common. Huge amounts were wasted on hospital supply contracts, with Greek hospitals paying up to three ...

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