30% health cuts in Greece, but no strike!

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Greece

Private Sector, 55131

Dear Editor,

In Greece organized primary healthcare still does not exist. [1] [2] [3] [4]

The Private Sector serves compensating patients’ needs.

Due to increasing debt and huge budget deficits, 2012 healthcare
expenditures are cut 30%.

Unlike The Netherlands, Greece has no public salaried GPs to strike!

Hospital Doctors are mildly protesting, since they will be losing
neither their jobs nor their salaries. [5]

Unfortunately only patients will be receiving the blow… [6] [7]


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of Thessaloniki (A.T.E.I.T.), Vasilis Olgas 6, 54640, Thessaloniki,


[2] Health Syst Transit. 2010 Nov;12(7):1-177. Greece health system
review. Economou C. Panteion University of Social and Political
Sciences. World Health Organization 2010, on behalf of the European
Observatory on health systems and Policies.


[3] Health Econ. 2005 Sep;14(Suppl 1):S151-68. Analysing the Greek
health system: a tale of fragmentation and inertia. Mossialos E, Allin
S, Davaki K. London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE
Health and Social Care, UK.


[4] Health Policy. 2008 Jul;87(1):72-81. Epub 2008 Feb 4. Informal
payments in public hospitals in Greece. Liaropoulos L, Siskou O,
Kaitelidou D, Theodorou M, Katostaras T. Center for Health Services
Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens,


[5] Stavros Saripanidis’ Rapid Response in:

[6] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/05/greece-healthcare-

[7] http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d200.extract