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Greeks want a better NHS at no extra cost

Greeks are much more dissatisfied than other European Union citizens with the functioning of the state National Health System (NHS), according to figures made public yesterday. Speaking at a function marking the first anniversary of the First Attica Regional Health System – which was formed following an NHS shake-up – Ilias Mosialos, public health professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), said 13.2 percent of Greeks are worried about the NHS, while the EU average is 9.6 percent. He was quoting LSE and Eurobarometer figures. Mosialos said only 3 percent of Greeks feel the NHS is good enough not to require any changes, while 27.9 percent think the system should be rebuilt from scratch. Some 40 percent of all Greeks, according to Mosialos, believe the NHS should be the government’s first priority for funding. However, only 10 percent would agree to pay higher taxes or social security contributions toward improving the NHS.