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Greek healthcare system collapses, hospital workers now working without pay
Greek healthcare system collapses, hospital workers now working without pay

by: Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) The economic situation in Greece is only continuing to worsen, as reports indicate that hospitals and care centers throughout the nation are running completely out of medicines, and many healthcare workers are now voluntarily providing care services without pay.

Strapped with spiraling debt, the Greek healthcare, which is government-run, has had to receive gobs of international financial aid just to keep operating with some semblance of normalcy. There has also been plenty of IOUs issued, and desperate patients quietly forking over cash "gifts" to doctors to receive treatments. All in all, the healthcare situation is in utter chaos, save for those that have sacrificed their own time, often free of charge, just to help those in need.

As we reported here at NaturalNews back in 2010, Big Pharma had already been withholding drugs from Greece because of the country's inability to pay for them. Greek authorities had tried to negotiate with drug companies to lower the exorbitant costs associated with drugs, and some complied. But many others simply stopped shipping in medicines, leaving thousands of ill patients without any options.

Today, the situation has gotten even worse, particularly because the Greek healthcare system heavily relies on brand-name drugs rather than far-less-expensive alternatives. Since the entire system is clogged because of unpaid bills, many pharmacies, for instance, have had to simply close their doors. Those that still remain and continue to supply drugs on credit -- these are few and far between -- are being overwhelmed by long lines of desperate patients seeking life-saving medications.

"We're not talking about painkillers here," said one Greek woman, a cancer survivor, to Reuters. "We've learned to live with physical pain. We need drugs to keep us alive."

MSNBC reports that many hospital workers have been working for a many as five months without pay, including at the Henry Dunant Hospital in Athens, which is owned by the Hellenic Red Cross Foundation. These workers hope to one day receive the backlog of pay they are owed, but because the crisis only appears to be worsening rather than improving, this may not ever happen.

As of this past weekend, the New Democracy Party's Antonis Samaras claimed victory as Greece's new prime minister, ending a seven-week period in which the nation was essentially being ruled by nobody. Much to the chagrin of many Greeks, this new regime plans to stick with the eurozone and pursue more financial bailouts.

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RE: Greek healthcare system collapses, hospital workers now working without pay
Nice of you to join a debate on europe Big Grin

Its all to do with the country joining the Euro (Money) the new system has caused a lot of trouble over here and I believe we (UK) are having to pay out 100 billion to bail them out which I think the goverment are going to say no. Thank god we never joined the Euro and kept stirling.
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RE: Greek healthcare system collapses, hospital workers now working without pay
Well, it's sad that the rest of the more prosperous European countries have to bail out Greece... and Italy and Portugal and Spain... and....?

Socialism's end result, it seems.

Maggie Thatcher was right... "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend."

Now, for Greece (and soon other socialist European countries), the chickens are coming home to roost. But the way things are going in Greece, they'll probably have to butcher the chickens for supper since they are having trouble getting food. Sad

Oh-jeez


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Brussels and the rest of europe can go to hell for all the british are concerned. We will not do as we are told. They keep trying to force new laws on us and we tell them where to go the uk will be out of europe soon its just a matter of time.


European Union Referendum 'Favoured By Eight Out Of 10 Britons'

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Voters overwhelmingly believe there should be a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union, according to an opinion poll.

The survey by Populus for The Times (£) found almost half - 49% - wanted a referendum immediately while a further third - 33% - believed there should be one "in the next few years".

Fewer than a fifth - 18% - saw no need for a referendum in the foreseeable future.

A third - 32% - wanted the UK to be part of a single market in a wider European community as against 40% who did not, while 27% said they did not know.

A referendum is favoured by many backbench Tory MPs, 81 of whom rebelled against the government to call for a public vote last year.

However a report from the Open Europe, arguably the country's most eurosceptic think-tank, has warned that a British exit from the EU would cause "unpredictable political and economic risks".

As the Guardian reports, Open Europe suggests that continued membership remains "the most beneficial arrangement" for Britain.

Chancellor George Osborne this weekend warned that the UK faces a lost decade unless the eurozone crisis is brought under control.

While the planned 100 billion euro in European Union rescue funds has eased some nerves over Spain, further storms lie ahead for the eurozone.

The next key date for the euro currency union is Sunday when Greece holds an election that is being seen as a referendum on whether to stay in the eurozone or reject painful austerity measures.
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RE: Greek healthcare system collapses, hospital workers now working without pay
Well, I agree with you there, DC.

Why would a country want to attach itself to other countries that are failing financially? That's suicide. Sad

There comes a point at which a country has to stand on it's own two feet - sink or swim... you can't keep asking other people to bail you out time and time and time again.

You'd probably agree with good old Nigel Farage.. he's a refreshing change from the status quo of socialistic political action:




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Its been suggested that it would be cheaper to put all Greek rail passengers in taxis instead of using the railway.
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UK unemployment on the rise almost 2.57 million people out of work yet the British government bring workers from eastern Europe Dont-know
Oh yes now they come up with "House swap" plan to help the unemployed uproot in search of work just like Norman Tebbit in 1981 said to the jobless "get on your bike and look for work"
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(06-22-2012 05:22 PM)zonk Wrote:  Its been suggested that it would be cheaper to put all Greek rail passengers in taxis instead of using the railway.
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UK unemployment on the rise almost 2.57 million people out of work yet the British government bring workers from eastern Europe Dont-know
Oh yes now they come up with "House swap" plan to help the unemployed uproot in search of work just like Norman Tebbit in 1981 said to the jobless "get on your bike and look for work"

problem is for some they are worse off working as they get more in benefits, some are over the thousand pound mark a month and cant find a job to match it.
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(06-22-2012 11:58 PM)Dreamcatcher Wrote:  problem is for some they are worse off working as they get more in benefits, some are over the thousand pound mark a month and cant find a job to match it.
In that case why the government turning blind eye
What scarring them to reduce or cut the benefits
Riots perhaps....? call the army - The police force withdrew in front of the last year riots.
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(06-23-2012 03:06 AM)zonk Wrote:  
(06-22-2012 11:58 PM)Dreamcatcher Wrote:  problem is for some they are worse off working as they get more in benefits, some are over the thousand pound mark a month and cant find a job to match it.
In that case why the government turning blind eye
What scarring them to reduce or cut the benefits
Riots perhaps....? call the army - The police force withdrew in front of the last year riots.

We scare them as it is us that govern them. If they go against the british people then they will be out of power. Only one MP every stood and defied us and that was a women. One of the greatest women in British History. Lady Thatcher, also known as "The Iron Lady" I took great joy in a demonstration against her in sheffield where she was pelted with eggs. Laugh-a-lot

The women who destroyed Britain!!!



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This is why the Conservatives will never ever be trusted again in this country.



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