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Title: Solidarity outpatient clinics in Greece: a survey of a massive social movement
Author: Evlampidou, Iro
Kogevinas, Manolis
Keywords: Hospitals
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: 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.
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It is part of: Gaceta Sanitaria, 2018, vol. 33, num. 3, p. 263-267
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ISSN: 0213-9111
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