Financial crisis hits Greek dentists

Financial crisis forces Greek dentists to leave the country (file photo).

Economic slump in Greece has forced hundreds of dentists to leave the recession-mired eurozone country over the past four years.

According to President of Athens Dental Association Athanassios Yfantis, nearly 600 dentists have left the country due to financial crisis affecting their profession.

œDentistry has been significantly damaged by the long-standing crisis. Dental human resources migrating abroad every year is constantly increasing and regards all age groups,” Yfantis said.

Yfantis also called on the Greek government œto support dentistry and young scientists,” who are forced to leave their country as a result of economic meltdown.

This is while medical workers in Greece warned that additional cuts to the country™s health sector could cause permanent damage to the already struggling public healthcare.

The warning comes as the Greek government is in the process of downsizing eight hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki and turning them into health centers with over 1,600 staff members being reassigned elsewhere.

The current hospital downsizing is part of a deal between the Greek government and its international lenders, in which Athens has pledged to redeploy 25,000 public workers and lay off an additional 4,000 civil servants by the end of this year in exchange for further rescue funds.

The country has been dependent on bailout funds from international rescue loans approved by the troika of international creditors – the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – since May 2010.

Authorities had already cut the public health budget by 25 percent and slashed spending on medicine by one-third during 2010 and 2011 to 3.75 billion euros.

The Greek economy is in its sixth year of recession due to fiscal mismanagement.

Europe plunged into financial crisis in early 2008. The worsening debt crisis has forced the EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries.

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