Why this is important
Stop with the criminal budget cuts to Greece’s Public Healthcare System! Tell Troika to give up their cruel policies!
On the occasion of Greece’s prescheduled borrowing of billions of euro from the IMF and the EU, a tremendous crime against Greeks’ lives has been conducted 3 years now. The “Troika” of the EU (European Union), the ECB (European Central Bank) and the IMF (International Monetary Fund) forces the Greek government by all means to proceed with budget cuts in the Public Healthcare System, excluding thus, hundreds of thousands of citizens from the healthcare coverage. The economic crisis, which counts already 5 years back, has left 29% of the active workforce without a job. The disaster is particularly obvious among the youth with 2 out of 3 young people (under the age of 25) being unemployed.
So, hundreds of thousands of citizens find themselves without a healthcare coverage. As a result, they have no access to the Public Healthcare System, unless they bear their own healthcare expenses. Nevertheless, there is no such a possibility, neither for the long-term unemployed nor for the self-employed, who were forced to close down their businesses and cannot afford to pay their outstanding debts towards the state. While there are plenty of examples, the most tragic cases of citizens without insurance count among the cancer patients, who are slowly dying because they cannot get the necessary chemotherapy, the pregnant mothers, who cannot afford a prenatal test and do not know where to give birth to their child, and the children of unemployed parents, who are malnourished and do not receive any healthcare treatment either. Even the citizens who have health insurance coverage have to search out for their drugs often, when the public hospitals cannot cover them due to the budget cuts.
We call for your support and ask you to demand that the “Troika” and the Greek government stop IMMEDIATELY with this crime and grant access to the Public Healthcare System for all citizens without any discrimination.
Let us all shout out loud: Human life is above numbers and money!
Watch the BBC’s “In Sickness and in debt” in order to grasp an idea of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Greece