Greek health sector takes turn for worse in crisis years

Τhe Greek health sector has deteriorated significantly since the start of the country’s crisis, according to the results of a new international study.

Greece was ranked in 28th place out of 37 countries on last year’s Euro Health Consumer Index, a comparison of healthcare systems carried out by Swedish company Health Consumer Powerhouse.

The study found Greece to have a particularly poor record as regards the ability of patients to access their medical history, under-the-table-payments for treatment, waiting lists for cancer treatment, hospital bugs and the preference of branded medicines over generic drugs. Greece slipped to 28th place in the index last year from 25th in 2013 and 22nd in 2012. The Netherlands tops the list followed by Switzerland and Norway with Bosnia, Romania and Montenegro last.

The survey also found that Greece had the third-highest per capita consumption of pharmaceuticals.