Effects of austerity on Greece: Health and social services

This briefing paper sets out the impact of austerity policies on health and social services.  The entry of Greece into the European Union supported the development of a public healthcare sector.  Similarly the creation of a formal social services sector has only taken place in the last 15 years.  Until then it was the responsibility of the family or the Church. Several programmes have started to create social care services for older people, people with disability and children and were co-financed by the European Social Fund under the Community Support Frameworks for Greece.  The increase in unemployment, poverty and social exclusion have placed great pressure on these emerging services.

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