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Gaceta Sanitaria

versión impresa ISSN 0213-9111

Resumen

EVLAMPIDOU, Iro  y  KOGEVINAS, Manolis. Solidarity outpatient clinics in Greece: a survey of a massive social movement. Gac Sanit [online]. 2019, vol.33, n.3, pp.263-267.  Epub 25-Nov-2019. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2017.12.001.

Objective

Until 2016, around 3 million persons had limited access to health care in Greece due to the economic crisis. We describe a massive solidarity movement of community clinics and pharmacies in Greece.

Method

We conducted a survey in 2014-15 and describe the characteristics of community clinics and pharmacies spontaneously established all over Greece after 2008.

Results

A characteristic of the 92 active solidarity clinics is autonomous collective functioning, free services, and funding from non-governmental sources. The largest clinics examined more than 500 uninsured or partly insured patients per month. Clinics covered a wide range of clinical and preventive services. Funding, availability of drugs, vaccines, medical material and their legal status were the main problems identified. The solidarity movement involved thousands of health professionals covering essential population needs.

Conclusions

The community outpatient clinics were an outstanding example of solidarity and temporarily alleviated the health needs of a large part of the population.

Palabras clave : Economic recession; Greece; Health policy; Delivery of health care.

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