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Doctors and nurses
« on: Tuesday, 05 September, 2017 @ 23:40:57 »
A Greek malady: Too many doctors, too few GPs

Greece has a surplus of at least 20,000 specialized doctors and the number is growing by the year.

It is no coincidence that, today, about 17,500 Greek doctors work outside the country. The irony is that, in spite of the surplus of doctors, the ongoing financial crisis has left the National Health System (ESY) with shortages of doctors and health professionals. It is estimated that there are up to 6,000 vacant posts for doctors at Greek public hospitals. At the same time, unlike other European countries, there is a shortage of general practitioners, or family doctors – a fact which reflects the state of primary healthcare in Greece.

The oversupply of specialized doctors and the shortage of general practitioners is confirmed by a study conducted by the Greek Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO)... in Greece there are currently about 3,800 general practitioners when, according to the European Union average, there should be around 8,140. Greece, in other words, needs an extra 4,350 family doctors.

The total number of doctors in Greece (specialized and general practitioners) is approximately 69,000. This figure puts Greece in top place among member-countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the ratio of doctors to population. Thus, in Greece there are 6.3 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, when the average in OECD countries is 3.3 doctors per 1,000.

Greece has very few nurses in proportion to its population compared to other states in the West. In Greece there are 3.6 nurses for every 1,000 inhabitants, when the OECD average is 9.1 nurses per 1,000.

In OECD countries, the nurses to doctors ratio is 3 to 1, whereas in Greece it is 0.6 to 1.

Greece has the highest number of pharmacies per inhabitant in all of Europe with 84 pharmacies per 100,000 inhabitants.