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Greeks feel effects of drug shortages caused by austerity measures

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3589 (Published 21 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3589

Re: Greeks feel effects of drug shortages caused by austerity measures

Dear Editors,

I am writing this letter in order to make some corrections.

Greek patients already experience drug extinctions, not just shortages.

Furthermore, they are called to pay the full amount of their pharmaceutical cost. [1][2][3][4]

It is not austerity but overpricing, overprescriptions, pharmaceutical fraud, extensive indirect payments, bad public management, etc that have reduced the Greek National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY) to this state of default. [5][6][7][8][9][10]

Greeks have paid billions for their Public Healthcare System, much more, per capita, than other European citizens.

Just two years of IMF-EU-ECB austerity measures cannot explain total collapse.

There were fundamental intrinsic faults that nobody dared to address.

Everyone is trying to put the blame on someone else.

For example, these days public prosecutors are forcing private Companies to continue drug supplies for free.

PRIVATE Companies!

Why hasn’t anyone thought to actually prosecute PUBLIC officers and healthcare managers?

After all, they are the ones responsible for public health.

References

[1] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_01/06/2012_444902

[2] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_31/05/2012_444866

[3] http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_30/05/2012_444635

[4] http://www.athensnews.gr/portal/9/55969

[5] http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d200?tab=responses

[6] http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d4803?tab=responses

[7] http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d2408?tab=responses

[8] http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7234/rr/568545

[9] http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7657?tab=responses

[10] http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d4870?tab=responses

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 June 2012
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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