Bad habits tax ail­ing health sys­tem, OECD re­port finds

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Greeks con­tinue to overly rely on ex­pen­sive di­ag­nos­tic tests and hos­pi­tal treat­ment, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment says in its Health at a Glance 2017 re­port.

Us­ing fig­ures from 2015, the OECD found that 181 CT scans were con­ducted that year for ev­ery 1,000 res­i­dents, which is an im­prove­ment from the 320.4:1,000 ra­tio of 2010, though still well above the av­er­age of 143 CT scans per 1,000 res­i­dents among OECD mem­ber-states. The USA, Ja­pan and Lux­em­bourg top the list, while Fin­land, Slove­nia and the UK come in the last three places. Greeks ap­pear less par­tial to MRIs, how­ever, com­ing near the av­er­age in 2015 with 67.9 such di­ag­nos­tic tests per 1,000 res­i­dents against an av­er­age of 64.8:1,000.

The study fur­ther pointed to a health sys­tem that is too re­liant on hos­pi­tals, with a dis­charge rate of 196.5 per 1,000 cit­i­zens in 2015, against the OECD av­er­age of 156:1,000, rank­ing Greece in eighth place.

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