BBC documentary on the effects of austerity on the public health in Greece (Ελληνικοί Υπότιτλοι)

“In Sickness and in Debt” – από το BBC για τη Δημόσια Υγεία στην Ελλάδα


In Greece, when one refers to individual deadlock cases he or she is accused of populism.

Does the same hold true for BBC?

Anglo-Saxon cultures, as more distanced from the austerity-worshiping European model, have the composure to observe and record the obvious.  Not as a fringe example but as a representative sample of a population suffering the consequences of a paranoid obsession with the value of punitive measures.

Η Zeinab Badawi από το BBC-Our World ήρθε στην Αθήνα για να κάνει ρεπορτάζ σχετικά με τα μέτρα λιτότητας και την οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα και πώς αυτά συνδέονται με την κρίση στην Υγεία.

Συνάντησε και συνομίλησε με εθελοντές σε κοινωνικά Ιατρεία για τα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζουν αλλά και με ασθενείς που στράφηκαν σε αυτά γιατί, όντας ανασφάλιστοι, δε μπορούσαν νοσηλευτούν στα δημόσια νοσοκομεία (… όχι δωρεάν) και γιατί δεν είχαν την οικονομική δυνατότητα να καλύψουν την φαρμακευτική αγωγή τους.

Οργανώσεις που μέχρι πριν λίγα χρόνια, έσπευδαν να βοηθήσουν σε χώρες του λεγόμενου Τρίτου Κόσμου, πλέον δραστηριοποιούνται στην Ελλάδα, ακριβώς επειδή υπάρχει ανθρωπιστική κρίση!

Αλλά τα “επίσημα χείλη” επιμένουν! Προσπαθούν να πείσουν ότι η Γη είναι επίπεδη… και με απόλυτα σοβαρό ύφος δηλώνουν on-camera ότι “δεν υπάρχει τέτοιο πρόβλημα” και άρα όλα βαίνουν καλώς με όλες τις επιλογές της κυβέρνησης στον τομέα της Δημόσιας Υγείας…από-το-bbc-για-τη-δημόσια-υγεία-στην/


2 comments on “BBC documentary on the effects of austerity on the public health in Greece (Ελληνικοί Υπότιτλοι)

  1. Athens SOS: urgent appeal for cancer patient without insurance, 15:38 Monday 29 July 2013

    A woman, 45, with cancer cannot afford to pay for chemotherapy drugs worth 4,450 euro. The Metropolitan Community Clinic in Elliniko, south Athens, made an urgent appeal seeking for donations. “The woman’s life is in danger, if she doesn’t start a course of chemotherapy drugs immediately,” said the MCC – one of the biggest voluntary health clinics in Greece that provides health care free of charge for those without insurance.
    One of the country’s biggest voluntary health clinics has issued an urgent appeal for medicines for a woman with breast cancer who has no health insurance and cannot afford life-saving treatment.

    The 45-year-old woman, who recently had breast surgery, needs to complete a second course of chemotherapy but doesn’t have anything near the €4,450 required for the necessary drugs.

    According to the Metropolitan Community Clinic in Elliniko, which has treated 12,000 people since it opened in December 2011, her life will be in danger if she doesn’t start taking the drugs immediately.

    Specifically, she needs the following:

    Taxotere: 80mg x 4 boxes (€264.50 per box) = €1,058
    Taxotere: 20mg x 8 boxes (€69.47 per box) = €555.76
    Neulasta: 1 x 4 boxes (€704.75 per box) = €2,819
    Total cost: €4,432.76

    The clinic, which strictly refuses all cash donations, is hoping that sponsors can be found to provide the woman with the life-saving drugs she desperately needs. Last week, the clinic said the “inhuman policies” of the health ministry were leading to uninsured people dying helplessly because they don’t have the money to pay for treatment and the cost of their medicines.


    If you think you can help, please contact the clinic:

    Tel: +30 210 963 1950
    Email: (Greek) (English)

    Opening hours

    Monday: 10am to 2pm; 5-8pm
    Tuesday: 10am to 8pm
    Wednesday: 10am to 2pm; 4-8pm
    Thursday: 10am to 8pm
    Friday: 10am to 2pm; 4-8pm
    Saturday: 10am to 2pm

  2. Austrian NGO supplies Greek hospital with drugs & paramedic material for uninsured patients


    Gauze, catheters, syringes, cotton, latex-gloves, but also drugs and medicine for cancer patients. Medical and paramedical material. A whole of 5 tons of aid has reached state hospital ELPIS. The humanitarian aid has the sole purpose to be used for patients without insurance. The aid has been sent to ELPIS by the NGO “Griechenlandhilfe” based is Austria.The material is been donated by multinational pharmaceutical companies, diaspora Greeks in Austria and Germany come up for the transport of the aid.

    The explosive growth of unemployment has deprived thousands of Greeks from access to health care. Not only they cannot afford to pay a private doctor, they cannot even afford to buy an aspirin.

    Many municipalities and NGO’s set up health centers, where volunteering doctors, medical personnel and other volunteers offer theirs knowledge free of charge for those in need.

    Hospital ELPIS joined the network of solidarity with the needy patients offering healthcare services to those without insurance.
    Speaking to news portal NewsIt, the general manager of ELPIS, Theodoros Yiannaros said “When a patient with cancer comes to the hospital we cannot tell him go first and find a job and then come back for the treatment.”

    According to Yiannaros, the free medical service is possible only through the support of “Griechenlandhilfe”.

    Austrian NGO “Griechenlandhilfe” (Greece Help) was established because the founders could not accept that “in rich Europe medical assistance is not possible because drugs, devices, or simple things like latex gloves and syringes are missing.” It brings aid to Greece since January 2013.

    Griechenlandhilfe notes on its website: “The recently initiated “health checks for non-insured” turn out that they provide only free diagnosis. the treatment has to be paid be the patient. Cynically said, they let patients die but they tell them what they die from.”

    PS Do you remember the humanitarian aid for Darfur, Northern Iraq, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and all the other spots in humanitarian crisis? A beneficial concert is urgently needed for the Greeks.

    Bono? Bob? Guys? Are you there?

    See more at:

    NGO “Griechenlandhilfe” (Greece Help) website

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