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Economic troubles lead to healthcare troubles in Greece

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The state of healthcare in Greece is suffering because of the country’s economic crisis, with many people unable to afford to visit the hospital or pay for medicines.

Some chemists are even handing out free drugs to those in need, but the supplies are running out.

Even if people do have the money to pay, many pharmacies have a shortage of new medication, because they are not being reimbursed by the government for providing drugs that are supposed to be free of charge.

“The state hasn’t paid us for a year and a half. We are massively in debt and we can’t take it anymore,” said pharmacist Evaggelia Rousi.

The Kazulas family is struggling with the household bills. Heleny lost her job in a factory recently. On top of the bills, the family say they cannot afford treatment for an elderly relative – medicine is their second largest expense.

French organisation Medecins du Monde says half its patients in European clinics are not getting the help they need because of the economic problems.