across Greece are lacking the most essential supplies, including
painkillers, scissors and sheets, as years of economic meltdown have
left the country’s healthcare system in a desperate state.
number of uninsured Greeks has reached 2.5 million compared to
500,000 in the pre-crisis year of 2008, the Times reported.
spending has dropped by 25 percent since 2009, leading to shortages
of medical equipment and a lack of funds to pay nurses’ salaries.
country spends around 11 billion euros annually on its public
healthcare system, which is one of the lowest rates in the EU.
to media reports, some Greek patients have had to undergo painful
medical procedures without anesthetics.
have also been turned away from hospitals, as they didn’t even have
the equipment to measure their blood pressure, the newspaper learned.
one occasion, a patient was even asked to bring his own sheets to the
infirmary from home.
trainee surgeon at KAT state hospital in Athens described the
situation at his hospital as being at the “breaking point”.
is no money to repair medical equipment, no money for ambulances to
use for petrol, no money to hire nurses and no money to buy modern
surgical supplies,” he told the Times.
April, the new Syriza government vowed to battle the “barbaric
conditions” in public hospitals, as well as corruption in the
money shortages, Greek authorities abolished the 5-euro fee to visit
state hospitals and have pledged to hire an additional 4,500
want to turn the health sector from a victim of the bailouts, a
victim of austerity, into a fundamental right for every resident of
this country and we commit to do so at any cost,” Alexis Tsipras,
the Greek Prime Minister, said.
will not tolerate the exploitation of human pain,” Tsipras
the fulfilment of the PM’s plans is in doubt as finance minister,
Yanis Varoufakis, recently warned that Greece would run out of money
in a matter of weeks.
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should repay 300 million euros to the International Monetary Fund by
June 5, with Greece likely to default if Eurozone creditors won’t
agree to loan it an additional 7.2 billion euros.
Sunday, the Greek Interior Minister said that Greece will not be able
to make the next tranche of debt repayment to the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), as the country’s coffers are empty.
between the sides continue, with Varoufakis blaming creditors’
insistence on more austerity for the stalemate
government cannot – and will not – accept a cure that has proven
itself over five long years to be worse than the disease,” the
finance minister wrote in a Project Syndicate op-ed.
between Athens and its international lenders reached a stalemate over
the Greek authorities’ refusal to carry out labor and pension
reforms, as well as lower fiscal targets established within the
framework of the bailout program