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Impacts of the economic crisis on access to healthcare services in Greece with a focus on the vulnerable groups of the population1

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Charalampos Economou, Daphne Kaitelidou, Dimitris Katsikas, Olga Siskou, Maria Zafiropoulou
Charalampos Economou, Daphne Kaitelidou, Dimitris Katsikas, Olga Siskou, Maria Zafiropoulou

Abstract


In 2010, the Greek economy entered a deep, structural and multi-faceted crisis, the main futures of which are a large fiscal deficit and huge public debt. The negative effects can also be observed at the societal level, as all social indicators have deteriorated. The present paper discusses the impact of economic crisis on access to healthcare services especially for the vulnerable groups. Uninsured, unemployed, older people, migrants, children and those suffering from chronic disease and mental disorders are among the groups most affected by the crisis in Greece. High costs, low proximity and long waiting lists are among the main barriers in accessing health care services.

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Economic crisis; vulnerable groups; access to healthcare services

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