Fi­nan­cial cri­sis takes toll on Greeks’ den­tal hy­giene

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Spend­ing on den­tal care in Greece de­clined by up to 64 per­cent be­tween 2009 and 2015, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the coun­try’s sta­tis­ti­cal au­thor­ity which also showed that over­all health spend­ing fell by slightly over 19 per­cent over the same pe­riod.

Ac­cord­ing to ELSTAT, in 2009 Greeks spent a to­tal of 1.95 bil­lion eu­ros on oral care (an av­er­age 473.4 eu­ros per house­hold). Six years later, spend­ing had dropped to 701 mil­lion eu­ros (an av­er­age of 169.5 eu­ros per house­hold).

Ex­perts say that pressed by the on­go­ing fi­nan­cial cri­sis, Greeks chose to sac­ri­fice oral care in fa­vor of less flex­i­ble health spend­ing such as medicine and hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

Ex­perts warn that the sit­u­a­tion is made worse by the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of pub­lic den­tal care ser­vice which has been hit by short­ages in staff and equip­ment.

A con­fer­ence on the im­pact of the cri­sis on oral health will take place at the Athens Con­cert Hall, at 9 a.m. to­day.

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