Public medical centers keeping up despite shortages

Despite having just 1,050 doctors, medical centers belonging to Greece’s public health system (PEDY) saw more than 200,000 regular and emergency patients, made over 3,500 house calls and issued some 27,500 prescriptions in the month of November, a regional health official said on Friday.

“In relation to the number of doctors we have, the traffic at the PEDY medical centers is very satisfactory,” said Sotiris Zotos. “The flow of cases has been stable in the past few months.”

Demand for dental care was the highest among all specialities, with 4,049 treatments last month, while the biggest staff shortages were noted among general practictioners and pathologists.