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Resuscitating Greece's struggling health system

Greece is facing crippling debts, high unemployment and a daily influx of migrants. All of which impacts the healthcare sector. This edition of Smart

Greece is facing crippling debts, high unemployment and a daily influx of migrants. All of which impacts the healthcare sector. This edition of Smart

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England's junior doctors in good voice during pay strike

Junior doctors in England broke into song during a strike over pay. They are today (Thursday, March 10) continuing their 48-hour walkout following

Junior doctors in England broke into song during a strike over pay. They are today (Thursday, March 10) continuing their 48-hour walkout following

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France introduces plain cigarette packaging

The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes . It’s in a bid to cut the number of its smokers

The French parliament has narrowly passed a law to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes . It’s in a bid to cut the number of its smokers

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Europe's ageing population: how will healthcare systems cope?

By 2050, 37 percent of the European population will be over 60 years old, presenting major new healthcare demands – and serious economic challenges

By 2050, 37 percent of the European population will be over 60 years old, presenting major new healthcare demands – and serious economic challenges

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Care, not paperwork, say French health workers

Thousands of French health practitioners took to the streets of Paris on Sunday (March 15) to protest against a bill aimed at reforming the country’s

Thousands of French health practitioners took to the streets of Paris on Sunday (March 15) to protest against a bill aimed at reforming the country’s

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Barack Obama's silly Buzzfeed video goes viral

US president Barack Obama appears fairly un-presidential in a new video produced by Buzzfeed to encourage Americans to enrol in an Obamacare health

US president Barack Obama appears fairly un-presidential in a new video produced by Buzzfeed to encourage Americans to enrol in an Obamacare health

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US Health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch

US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the rollout of the Obamacare health plan which was plagued by

US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the rollout of the Obamacare health plan which was plagued by

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Obamacare 'here to stay' insists president

US president Barack Obama has insisted his controversial healthcare programme is ‘here to stay’ a day after more than seven million people signed

US president Barack Obama has insisted his controversial healthcare programme is ‘here to stay’ a day after more than seven million people signed

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The rush to meet Obamacare March 31 deadline

There is a surge in the number of people trying to sign up for health insurance under America’s Affordable Healthcare Act before the March 31

There is a surge in the number of people trying to sign up for health insurance under America’s Affordable Healthcare Act before the March 31

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Healthcare.gov 2.0 sigh of relief for Obama administration

For weeks and weeks, the controversial Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has been a nightmare for the Obama administration. But now a sigh of

For weeks and weeks, the controversial Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has been a nightmare for the Obama administration. But now a sigh of

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New EU law addresses health care across borders

A new EU law will spell out patients’ rights when it comes to medical treatment in other member countries for planned operations as well as

A new EU law will spell out patients’ rights when it comes to medical treatment in other member countries for planned operations as well as

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Obama's defends health care programme - amid US government shutdown

Barack Obama has blamed Republicans on “an ideological crusade” for the shutdown of the US government. He said they had forced an unnecessary

Barack Obama has blamed Republicans on “an ideological crusade” for the shutdown of the US government. He said they had forced an unnecessary

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Democrats confident to move forward with 'Obamacare'

Democrats who control the U.S. Senate were confident that they would continue to move forward with the “Obamacare” health reforms on Monday and send

Democrats who control the U.S. Senate were confident that they would continue to move forward with the “Obamacare” health reforms on Monday and send

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US political tensions rise over funding for "Obamacare" health bill

US President Barack Obama’s healthcare package for all is facing another mountain to climb, after the the US House of Representatives approved a

US President Barack Obama’s healthcare package for all is facing another mountain to climb, after the the US House of Representatives approved a

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Healthcare reforms spark more protests in Madrid

About 2,000 public healthcare workers demonstrate in front of the health ministry against the Madrid regional government’s plans to privatise the

About 2,000 public healthcare workers demonstrate in front of the health ministry against the Madrid regional government’s plans to privatise the

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Spanish health care workers march against more austerity reforms

Plans to privatize Spain’s main hospitals and general measures to reduce public spendings were at the heart of Sunday’s protests in Madrid. Thousands

Plans to privatize Spain’s main hospitals and general measures to reduce public spendings were at the heart of Sunday’s protests in Madrid. Thousands

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Spanish health workers protest against privatisation

Spanish trade unions say 90 percent of Madrid’s medical workers have gone on strike, on the second day of a 48 hour walkout. They are protesting

Spanish trade unions say 90 percent of Madrid’s medical workers have gone on strike, on the second day of a 48 hour walkout. They are protesting

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Spain protest for disabled: We're being "abandoned"

It has been the turn of thousands of disabled Spaniards to rally through the Madrid streets in defiance of the latest round of austerity

It has been the turn of thousands of disabled Spaniards to rally through the Madrid streets in defiance of the latest round of austerity

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Workers say 'no' to Spain hospital privatisation

The imminent privatisation of hospitals and health centres brought thousands of workers onto the streets of the Spanish capital on Tuesday

The imminent privatisation of hospitals and health centres brought thousands of workers onto the streets of the Spanish capital on Tuesday

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Health workers protest on the streets of Madrid

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff have protested on the streets of the Spanish capital, Madrid. They are angry about the regional government’s

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff have protested on the streets of the Spanish capital, Madrid. They are angry about the regional government’s

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Ireland vows to clarify abortion law after woman's death

The Irish government says the country’s stance on abortion needs clarifying after the death of a pregnant woman in hospital. Savita Halappanavar

The Irish government says the country’s stance on abortion needs clarifying after the death of a pregnant woman in hospital. Savita Halappanavar

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Calls grow for clarification of Irish abortion law

Protestors gathered for a candlelit vigil in front of Dublin’s parliament in a show of support for the family of a seriously-ill pregnant woman who

Protestors gathered for a candlelit vigil in front of Dublin’s parliament in a show of support for the family of a seriously-ill pregnant woman who

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French surgeons and trainees strike closes hospitals

A strike has hit the French hospital and private clinics system after an alliance between surgeons and interns brought 70 percent of private

A strike has hit the French hospital and private clinics system after an alliance between surgeons and interns brought 70 percent of private

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Obamacare could be pivotal issue in election

Obamacare – the president’s landmark medical insurance legislation is one of the major issues alongside the economy on which November’s election

Obamacare – the president’s landmark medical insurance legislation is one of the major issues alongside the economy on which November’s election