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Prerequisites to the Revival of Public Health Care in Greece

Manos Matsaganis

in From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199327829
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199388110 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327829.003.0008
Prerequisites to the Revival of Public Health Care in Greece

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This chapter examines health policy reform in Greece. It argues that although the current health system is costly and unsatisfactory to patients, as well as inefficient and inequitable to society as a whole, it provides secure employment and excellent rewards to many who work or do business with it—mainly, but not exclusively, doctors. This is the main reason why health reform in Greece has constantly failed—the rampant individualism and loose ethical standards of many key actors are incompatible with the norms of public service.

Keywords: health policy reform; health system; public service

Chapter.  5809 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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