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From Stagnation to Forced AdjustmentReforms in Greece, 1974-2010$
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Stathis Kalyvas, George Pagoulatos, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327829.001.0001

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Prerequisites to the Revival of Public Health Care in Greece

Prerequisites to the Revival of Public Health Care in Greece

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(p.133) 8 Prerequisites to the Revival of Public Health Care in Greece
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From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment
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Manos Matsaganis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327829.003.0008

This chapter examines health policy reform in Greece. It argues that although the current health system is costly and unsatisfactory to patients, as well as inefficient and inequitable to society as a whole, it provides secure employment and excellent rewards to many who work or do business with it—mainly, but not exclusively, doctors. This is the main reason why health reform in Greece has constantly failed—the rampant individualism and loose ethical standards of many key actors are incompatible with the norms of public service.

Keywords:   health policy reform, health system, public service

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