The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko opened its doors in December of 2011. Since that time, it has become abundantly clear that the austerity measures resulting from the 1st memorandum, signed by the then Prime Minister George Papandreou brought catastrophe to Greek society. Since then we have denounced (and recorded) the effects of austerity on public health and knew that those results would be seen in health indicators. Seven years later and with the 3rd memorandum signed and obligations to the state that will carry on to 2060, a study from the respected British medical journal “The Lancet” shows exactly that. The study is entitled “The burden of disease in Greece, health loss, risk factors, and health financing, 2000–16: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016”
To sum up their findings:
- Increased mortality in the general population from 997.8 per 100,000 persons in 2010 to 1,174.9 in 2016 – an increase in mortality by 17.8%
- Cases of tuberculosis have increased amongst Greek citizens.
- Cases of HIV have almost doubled between 2010 – 2012 because the program of distributing free syringes to drug addicts was abandoned to save the cost.
- Increase in cases of severe depression and suicide
The study analyses the increase in deaths in the general population by age (Greece is indicated with blue color) and notes that the increase in deaths “coincided” with the reductions in spending in the public health sector from 2010 onwards.
Additionally there has been an increase in drug side effects, self-harm and many types of cancer found in all ages. New-borns and children less than 5 years of age die from illnesses that are treatable such as neonatal haemolytic disease and neonatal sepsis. There have been significant increases of cases of self-harm among adolescents and young adults. Increased mortality in people aged 15–49 years due to HIV, several treatable neoplasms, all types of cirrhosis, neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease), chronic kidney disease, and most types of cardiovascular disease except for ischemic heart disease and stroke.
To sum up:
- Newborns die due to treatable illnesses
- Teenagers and young adults have higher rates of suicide
- Teenagers and young adults are dying from illnesses related to bad nutrition,