Friday, March 7, 2014

Greece's health crisis: from austerity to denialism.

Greece's health crisis: from austerity to denialism.
Lancet. 2014 Feb 22;383(9918):748-53
Authors: Kentikelenis A, Karanikolos M, Reeves A, McKee M, Stuckler D

Greece's economic crisis has deepened since it was bailed out by the international community in 2010. The country underwent the sixth consecutive year of economic contraction in 2013, with its economy shrinking by 20% between 2008 and 2012, and anaemic or no growth projected for 2014. Unemployment has more than tripled, from 7·7% in 2008 to 24·3% in 2012, and long-term unemployment reached 14·4%. We review the background to the crisis, assess how austerity measures have affected the health of the Greek population and their access to public health services, and examine the political response to the mounting evidence of a Greek public health tragedy.

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