Unmet need for medical care in Greece is very high
In Greece, self-reported unmet need for medical care due to cost, distance or waiting times has trebled over the last decade and is now the second highest in the EU (12.3% vs 3.3% EU average). There is enormous variability between the highest income quintile (3.9%) and the lowest (18.7%), highlighting unequal access to services experienced across income groups.
Cost is the most frequently quoted cause for unmet need in Greece and is likely driven not only by difficulties in affordability but also changes in household income and consumption patterns, and user preferences. The percentage of the population reporting unmet health care needs due to high costs more than doubled between 2010 and 2015 (from 4.2% to 10.9%), with very large inequities according to income group. Among the poorest quintile it reached 17.4%, the highest in the EU where the average is just 4.1%.
Out-of-pocket spending in health in Greece is very high
The distribution of doctors is very uneven across the country
Amenable mortality rates