Tuesday April 28, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Healthcare costs and accessibility back in spotlight

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis was accused on Friday of failing to live up to a pledge to reduce the price of medicines as a study by academics based in the UK found that austerity measures have had a deep impact on health services and that the government and its lenders are ignoring the problems this has caused.

SYRIZA and Georgiadis were recently involved in a protracted clash over the cost of drugs, which led to the minister accusing the leftist part of being in the pay of local drug companies. He insisted that a change to the pricing rules for medicines would result in patients paying less. The opposition party, however, said that his promises had now been proved “misleading and false.”

The leftists claim that there have been cost savings for social security funds but not for patients and that some 800 medicines mainly produced by local drug firms have been left off the approved list.

The new clash came as an article published in The Lancet by academics from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine detailed how spending cuts have damaged the quality and availability of healthcare for many Greeks, especially vulnerable groups.

“Some pregnant women no longer have access to healthcare, therefore the complications later on in their pregnancy can be more pronounced,” said Alexander Kentikelenis of Cambridge University, the study’s lead author.

Among the effects that the study notes are rising infant mortality rates, soaring levels of HIV infection among drug users, the return of malaria, and a surge in suicides from 2009 and 2011.

“In view of this detailed body of evidence for the harmful effects of austerity on health, the failure of public recognition of the issue by successive Greek governments and international agencies is remarkable,” the report says.

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 21, 2014 (20:41)  
Eurogroup´s Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to kick start peace talks
EU lawmakers demand migrant burden be shared
Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
Discreet Tsakalotos tapped to salvage troubled Greek loan talks
Running out of time and money, Greeces hard-left government has reshuffled its EU-IMF negotiating team and given a key role to a Dutch-born moderate economist less likely to irritate the cou...
Greece to offer taxpayers a deal to get money back home
Greece is to allow money held abroad by its taxpayers to be declared without penalty and taxed at a discount rate, a move to help overcome a cash crunch threatening the country with bankrupt...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Rethymno defeats in-form AEK on Crete
AGO Rethymnou put an end to a positive string of results for in-form AEK, while PAOK survived a strong challenge by Kolossos Rhodes in Thessaloniki in yet another exciting weekend of basketb...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos beats Xanthi to rise to second
Panathinaikos jumped back up to the second spot of the Super League after its home win over Xanthi on Saturday, as PAOK slumped to third due to its draw at home with PAS Giannina on Sunday. ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
It is so exhausting and unpleasant for average Greek citizens to keep hearing for weeks now that the country’s cash reserves will run out in two months, one month, next week, and especially ...
EDITORIAL
Better late than never
Three precious months were lost in the government’s negotiations with the country’s international partners and creditors, as some of its officials wasted time on their own self-promotion, ha...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Eurogroup´s Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
2. Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to kick start peace talks
3. Discreet Tsakalotos tapped to salvage troubled Greek loan talks
4. Greece to offer taxpayers a deal to get money back home
5. EU lawmakers demand migrant burden be shared
6. Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
more news
Today
This Week
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Creditors to demand extra measures of 3 bln euros
3. Plan on the cards for flat VAT rate of 18 pct
4. Greek PM says people may have to rule on creditor deal [Update]
5. Greek PM says initial deal in bailout talks 'very close'
6. No trolley buses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. Denialism
3. Europe's collision course with Greece
4. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
5. Leaving the past in the past
6. Greece’s day of reckoning inches closer as debt payments loom
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.