OECD Economic Surveys: Greece 2009
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OECD Economic Surveys: Greece 2009

OECD's periodic review of Greece's economy.  This 2009 edition examines how well Greece is weathering the economic crisis. It also looks at how to bring Greece's public finances on to a sustainable path, how to improve the performance of the public health care system, and how to raise education outcomes.

Greece has weathered the economic crisis relatively well, but putting public financing on a sustainable path will require strengthening tax administration and tighter expenditure management. Greek health outcomes compare favourably with the OECD average but the system is seen as not working well by the population. Greece's educational indicators lag behind those of other OECD countries and OECD makes wide-ranging recommendations in this report.
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Publication Date :
31 July 2009
DOI :
10.1787/eco_surveys-grc-2009-en
 
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Pages :
85–121
DOI :
10.1787/eco_surveys-grc-2009-5-en

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Greek health outcomes compare favourably with the OECD average. However, the health care system is seen as not working well by the population. One source of dissatisfaction is the high proportion of private household spending on health, including informal payments, while public health spending relative to GDP is one of the lowest in the OECD. This situation leads to inequities in access to certain medical services. Also, there is a weakening of efficiency of the system, which should be addressed sooner than later in view of a rising demand for medical services, which is going to intensify in the coming decades, and the need to keep government health care spending in check. This calls for reforms in four areas: i) reviewing the excessively fragmented structure of the health care system and its governance; ii) enhancing the quality of public primary health care services; iii) modernising hospital administration; and iv) further tightening control over pharmaceutical expenditure.
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