Survey: 80 percent of residents in Greece pay out-of-pocket for primary healthcare

24 April 2019
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Some 80 percent of residents in Greece pay for primary healthcare from their pockets, while one in two residents finds it difficult to cover health-related expenditures, according to a nationwide survey by the Athens Medical Association.

The worst situation is faced by people over the age of 65, which 60 percent reporting an inability to pay for necessary health-related expenses.

Another noteworthy result emanating from the survey is that 50 percent of respondents do not trust the public health system, assessing that they will need to pay out-of-pocket in order to cover their healthcare needs. Roughly 20 percent of respondents said they spend more than 70 euros per month for healthcare.

The survey was based on responses by 1,000 people over the age of 25, throughout Greece.

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