The economic crisis has had a worryingly negative effect on Greek citizens’ health.British medical journal, The Lancet, published an article today outlining how the country’s decline and economic downfall has been hitting Greeks’ health hard. The report also mentioned that violent crime and drug use had been on the up since 2007.
According to Greek health authorities, the rate of suicide in Greece rose 17 per cent in 2009 compared with 2007. The first part of this year has seen a 40 per cent rise in suicides when compared to the same period in 2010. The country’s suicide help line say that a quarter of those who call them are experiencing financial difficulties.
The journal also says that data suggests the rate of HIV infections will rise by 52 per cent in 2011 compared to last year. This was explained by more Greeks turning to heroin, the rate of the drug’s use rising by 20 per cent since 2009.
The report also said that more are turning towards prostitution and sex work as a way of making an income during the crisis, worsening the rate of infection.
The number of clinics aiding people with drug addiction or health problems has been reduced due to budget cuts. Additionally, the financial incentive to avoid a doctor’s visit is proving greater than the need to check up on one’s health.
So, Greece’s debt ridden are now essentially paying back their loans with their health.
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