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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Visit by Doctors and Activists from Germany

On Monday 25 February 2013, The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko was visited by a group of doctors and activists from Germany.  Their aim was to get information and report back to Germany their impressions concerning the consequences of the mandated austerity measures, especially as far as the health sector is concerned, and to put some pressure on the German leaders.

The group consisted of six doctors of different specialists coming from three cities (Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt).  All were members of the Association of Democratic Doctors of Germany (Verein Demokratischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte) and of Medico International, an organization that deals mainly with countries of the third world.



The visit was made in response to the alarming situation in the health sector in Greece, the influence of Berlin, through its Task Force in cuts in the health sector in Greece and the parallel creation of initiatives of support from the people, such as community clinics.  They also wanted to pass on their experience to their Greek colleagues.

Nadia Rakovits, the director of the Association of Democratic Doctors in Germany, emphasized that the doctors and the people have already been confronted with the impact of the policy to cut health expenses over the last ten years with hospital mergers and the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) program which concerns the classification of hospital visits with the goal to reducing costs of treatment and care.


On March 12, 2013 the doctors will deliver a presentation to the University of Frankfurt on their experiences in Greece.


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