Financial crisis takes toll on Greeks’ dental hygiene
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.