“The Greeks still cannot believe that the life expectancy has gradually reduced from 81 to 78 years,” said the president of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Kostas Frouzis.
“It would be embarrassing to hold the Presidency of the European Union and not be able to find medicine,” said the President of the Panhellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Industry, Dimitris Demos.
Troika is pressing the government to impose new austerity measures on the healthcare systems. Thus, the Greeks have to pay for their medicine out of their own pockets.
A survey conducted by the National School of Public Health showed that:
-1 out of 3 Greek patients is obliged to change his treatment by changing the frequency of the medicine in order to make it last more, because he can’t afford it.
-60% of chronic patients are facing financial constraints or on waiting lists to access health services.
-chronic patients have reduced their visits to primary healthcare systems by 30%, from 2011 to 2013.
-chronic patients have reduced their expenses for primary healthcare systems by 50%, from 2011 to 2013.
However, the Greek Minister of Health, Adonis Georgiadis, insists on having patience, since the aim of the country is to reach 1% of GDP.
“We have to support the government by all means in order to achieve the reforms and to increase the GDP. In this way the pharmaceutical expenditure will be increased. What is certain is that the market will not lack of medicine,” said the Minister.