Greece has been in economic turmoil for several years. Instead of getting better, the chaos continues, often at the expense of the everyday citizen who cannot access the same level of support as before. The monetary crisis has now made its way into the Greek healthcare system, jeopardizing people even after basic healthcare procedures.
The Danger of the Greek Healthcare System
The healthcare system in Greece can only be described as chaos, at least according to the people who live there. They are too afraid to go to the hospital for treatment, out of fear of dying for something that should normally be a trivial procedure.
Unfortunately, doctors and nurses in Greece’s hospitals lack the supplies they need to provide even basic services, let alone the standard of care found in places like the U.S., U.K., France, and elsewhere. Even antibacterial soap is in short supply in Greek hospitals.
In these circumstances, people who are in the hospital are often put to bed in gurneys that have not been sanitized. People who go in for routine surgeries often leave in body bags thanks to a shocking lack of sanitation equipment, as well as antibiotics. When antibiotics are available, they are sometimes given to people who do not need them, leading to these individuals building up a resistance to mes that could kill them later, if they contract a bacterial infection.
Even the youngest Greek citizens are not exempt from the risk of dying in the country’s hospitals. People who live there say that birthing wards and NICU units are so poorly kept that babies increasingly are dying, instead of coming home with their parents.
The Greek healthcare system has reached a level of crisis never before experienced in the European Union. It even led to international economists offering solutions for how to protect the citizens and get the country back on track, but so far the Greek authorities don’t seem to be listening.
Solving the Debt Crisis in Greece
The crisis of the country’s healthcare system should prompt its own leaders to try any solution they can to get the country back on track. Still, none of the officials seem willing to go outside of their own comfort zones in order to attempt more radical solutions for solving the country’s problems.
Their apparent refusal to consider ways out does not mean that economists from around the world have refrained from offering tips for dealing with the debt crisis. These economic experts say that Greece should try several different options for getting its economy back on track and funneling more money into the infrastructure.
The first step that Greece’s leaders should take involves allowing an outright default to occur. Instead of making the minimum payments on debts or simply kicking the proverbial can down the road to deal with it later, Greece should default on its debts and go bankrupt. Going bankrupt would be better than spending money on debts that it cannot afford to pay.
A bankruptcy would bar Greece from the global lending market for a few years. However, like South American countries that recently used this method of healing their own debt crises, Greece could reenter the market comfortably in another few years. In the meantime, the bankruptcy would give it the money it would normally pay on debts to put back into its economy.
Greece has a monetary crisis the likes of which were not seen before in the EU. This crisis puts its healthcare system at grave risk. The country’s leaders are advised to allow an outright default to happen to help stabilize the economy and free up some money to go back into the healthcare system and overall economy.
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