The Impact of Economic Crisis on Health of Greek Population and National Health System
Keywords:Economic crisis, Health crisis, Greece, Health system
PURPOSE: In this paper, we investigate the impact of the economic crisis on Greece's National Health System and population health. Also included is a critical assessment of the health policies implemented, as compared with other countries, and positive proposals.
ΜETHODS: We used data from international, European, and Greek databases to conduct a literature review and to compile statistics.
RESULTS: Greece spent less on health in 2012 than it did in 2007, as money from the health sector was used for another spending. During the period 2010-2015, both the Physical Health Index and the Mental Health Index showed a significant decline.
Policy planning for health financing has become increasingly important since the crisis. In some countries, targeted policies are being implemented to protect the poor and avoid adverse employment effects.
CONCLUSIONS: A time of financial crisis tends to require more, not less, resources for health systems to meet the greater need for health care and increase reliance on publicly funded services.
During the financial crisis, fiscal and health policies differed between countries, reflecting policy decisions.
In achieving fiscal balance, it is important not to sacrifice financial protection, access, efficiency, quality, health outcomes, or equality.
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