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Anger over Greek health care austerity

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Anger over Greek health care austerity


Striking doctors, health workers and pharmacists in Greece have marched on parliament in Athens, protesting an EU/IMF reform to cut spending and liberalise.

Lenders have set this as a high priority, since roughly 10 percent of Greek GDP is spent on healthcare, around 25 billion euros per year.

Greece has more pharmacies per inhabitant than any other EU country; the sectoral reforms introduce competition.

Inflamed passions led to scuffles between the protesters and police.

Many professions in Greece have been under strict licence control for decades.

Athens has to open these professions to competition to qualify for the bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

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