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«Social Determinants of Health and Developement»


Ο Υπουργός Υγείας κ. Α. Λοβέρδος έλαβε μέρος στις 19.10.2011 σε συζήτηση στρογγυλής τραπέζης στο Ρίο ντε Ζανέιρο. Στη συζήτηση μετείχαν η Γενική Διευθύντρια του Παγκόσμιου Οργανισμού Υγείας κ. Μάργκαρετ Τσαν, η Υπουργός Υγείας των ΗΠΑ κ.Κάθρην Σιμπέλιους και η Υπουργός Κοινωνικής Ανάπτυξης της Βραζιλίας, διοργανώτριας χώρας, κ.Τερέζα Καμπέλλο, συντόνισε δε η δημοσιογράφος του BBC κ. Ζίναμπ Μπαντάουι. Ο κ. Λοβέρδος στην παρέμβασή του επικεντρώθηκε στις επιπτώσεις που έχει η οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα.Η συζήτηση διεξάχθηκε στο πλαίσιο της Υψηλής Διάσκεψης του Π.Ο.Υ. για τους Κοινωνικούς Παράγοντες της Υγείας. Πρόκειται για την κορυφαία εφετινή εκδήλωση του Οργανισμού, στην οποία μετέχουν 60 και πλέον υπουργοί υγείας απ’ όλο τον κόσμο».Ακολουθεί η ομιλία του κ Λοβέρδου

Ladies and Gentlemen

Dear Colleagues

Greece is facing its worst crisis since WW II. Our economy is in deep recession.

• The unemployment rate is rising, reaching 16.6 % of the total labor workforce, mostly affecting women and young people.

• The crisis has even reached high and middle income groups, exposing them to the risks of unemployment and poverty as well.

• At the same time, at least 50 % of legal and illegal immigrants, refugees, homeless and drug users, residing in the centre of Athens, suffer from chronic health problems.

The economic crisis has several effects on health, the most common one being the reduction of private care spending, and the increase in demand for public health care services. In comparison to 2009, the public health care system provides treatment to 30% more patients, while the respective budget is 20% lower.

For that reason, we had to imply aggressive but effective health care cost containment policies (salary cuts, maximum threshold price on medicines and other medical material, entrance fees for outpatient services, use of a limited number of hospital beds by Private Insurance Companies on charge, maximization of resource utilization, hospital merging, DRG’s, intensive administrative and judicial inspection etc). Health inequalities caused by determinants, such as unemployment and poverty, should not be tolerated at all times, let alone at times of crisis. That’s why we believe that especially now, the national health care system has a crucial role to play, in order to guarantee equal public services for all.

In that direction, our first priority is to keep intact the universal coverage, already provided by the public sector in Greece. At present, all vulnerable groups have access to health care, even if they have no health insurance at all, even if they are jobless, homeless, refugees or illegal immigrants. And given the enormous problem of illegal immigration in Greece, which is by far the biggest in Europe, the fiscal cost should not be underestimated.

In order to reduce health disparities even more, we have to build a stronger primary health care network. For that reason, we are reorganising Primary Health Care.

At the same time, we are restructuring the insurance system, in order to provide extensive and equitable services to all kinds of social and income groups.

 And even though we have limited resources, we are still funding health promotion and health screening programmes in vulnerable populations. For example:

 • Regarding communicable diseases, we are intervening in immigrant populations and homeless individuals, providing medical services.

 • Meanwhile, we are implementing health education programmes in public schools.

 • We are developing screening programmes for aged people, especially in remote rural or insular areas, as well as modern telemedicine technologies for the same purpose.

 • We are encouraging individuals, families and communities to develop a healthier lifestyle, through public policies, such as anti-smoking regulations or taxation of sugar beverages.

 • In addition, we are stressing the importance of physical activity and proper diet, and we are once again, strongly emphasizing the importance of the Mediterranean diet.

 • Moreover, we are fighting against malpractices and profligacy, we are setting restrictions on the unnecessary use of medicaments and medical examinations and we are rationalising the procurement system.

 • Last but not least, we are implementing a major reform, regarding the Drug Treatment System. We have managed, within 3 months, to reduce drug treatment waiting time, from 7 years to 1 month, raising hope for hundreds of patients all over Greece. We are pleased to say that the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction in Lisbon, confirmed and praised the successful reform of the Greek government.

Despite of the Greek government’s efforts and the European commends, there have been some articles in the international press, suggesting that the financial crisis deprives the Greeks of access to health care services. This is not the case. Not only do the Greeks have free access to emergency health services but everybody else living in Greece too. After all, the dramatic rise of the number of people treated in the Public Health Care System is a clear and indisputable proof.

Ladies and Gentlemen

Dear Colleagues

Health policy alone, cannot reduce social disparities. Nevertheless, it could and should play a vital role. We have good reasons to believe, that our efforts to achieve such a goal, will be successful after all.

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