The report referenced below with its internet link reflects the strong incentives given by the WHO to enhance the articulation between research in health systems and research in health policy in one hand and the decision making at the political level in the other hand in the realm of health care and health coverage. Nine countries are studied, including China, Thailand and Nepal for the Asian part of the World.
When egoism strikes men, it is also contagious for nations.
I have selected for the benefit of my readers some articles issued by The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, focusing on the consequences of the Greek economic and political crisis on Health Services. Greece is in Europe; nevertheless this country seems abandoned by the Europeans. After the world war two in Europe, starting from ruins, a welfare system was reconstructed. Nowadays it seems like we assist exactly to the reverse: Europe, starting from a well build welfare system is being ruined. In both cases only the will of human beings is at work. After World war two those men in charge were the former resistance fighters while now they are bankers and traders. Even perhaps the latter could be the grand sons of the formers. With their Marshall plan the USA helped Europe in the past. But now it seems that no one would stand up for that purpose.
Greece’s financial crisis dries up drug supply:
Eva Karamanoli; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 379 January 28, 2012
Resume: The pharmacies run short of medicine as important as Parkinson treatment or Epilepsy treatment. International pharmaceutical laboratories hesitate to deliver their product to Greece because of the lowering that government imposed to the price of medicines in the context of health budgets cuts. Patients have to pay in cash pharmacist before holding medicine because social security funds take months to reimburse; if not wholesalers cannot deliver the drug to the pharmacist.
Health eﬀects of ﬁnancial crisis: omens of a Greek tragedy:
Alexander Kentikelenis, Marina Karanikolos, Irene Papanicolas, Sanjay Basu, Martin McKee, David Stuckler; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 378 October 22, 2011
Resume: The rate of suicides has grown during the crisis, as well of the rate of HIV or Sexual Transmissible Infections (secondary to an increase of drug users and prostitution). Criminality rates have also increased (homicide and theft). Primary care practitioner consultations have not been implemented although they were needed while rate of admission in public hospitals has increased.
Increased suicidality amid economic crisis in Greece
Marina Economou, Michael Madianos, Christos Theleritis, Lily E Peppou, Costas N Stefanis; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 378 October 22, 2011
Resume: The suicide rate has increased by 40% since the beginning of the crisis. It is highly associated with the economic distress in the surveyed population.
IMF and European co-workers attack public health in Greece
Konstantinos Triantafyllou, Chryssi Angeletopoulou ; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 378 October 22, 2011
Resume: At the demand of the International Monetary Fund and the European Central bank, health care spending cuts will lead Greece to lose 26 000 public health workers (of whom up to 9100 doctors). According to the author the inevitable consequence will be the worsening of the health of the population as it has been already observed in all the countries previously “aided” by the IMF in the world. But this latest fact is contested by the IMF.
Debt crisis strains Greece’s ailing health system
Eva Karamanoli; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 378 July 23, 2011
Resume: In order to cut spending, clinics will be merged and a special body of primary care will be created to alleviate the public hospital’s burden. Indeed, in one hand public hospitals are lacking or in short supply of elementary material such as gloves, IVs, gazes or medicines and the patients undergoes long waiting times while in the other hand people use public hospitals instead of private practices not to have to advance the money because Social security reimbursements have to be waited for months.
To say it short, the overall situation is: Health insurance fund owes money to health providers who themselves owes money to wholesalers who owes money to pharmaceutical industry. The health services strongly have to be rebooted in Greece.
Greek academic psychiatry and neurology before the ﬁring squad?
Thomas Paparrigopoulos, Ioannis Liappas; http://www.thelancet.com Vol 378 July 23, 2011
The most important psychiatric hospital in Greece whose chiefs of departments are also keys opinion leaders in their speciality experience a 30 % budget cut. Greek academic psychiatrists are now an endangered specie which need urgently to be preserved.
Works consulted (in the same order):
- A Greek tragedy – the gods’ revenge (taxbreak.me)
- Editorial: Greek Tragedy (nytimes.com)
- The death rattle of Democracy – Tea Party Nation (gds44.wordpress.com)
- We Are All Greeks Today – Or Soon May Be (themoderatevoice.com)
- Greeks Reeling From Health Care Cutbacks – Suzanne Daley via NYTimes.com (underpaidgenius.com)
- This is Europe… (cedarlounge.wordpress.com)
- The Greek Tragedy – Chaos Beckons (thepressnet.com)
Science helps you to live a better life.
Readingto Scientific studies results in more efficiency in the way you should conduct your own life.
For example: The School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK reveals that letting your babies feeding themselves with their fingers leads to less risk of them becoming fat when they will grow up than feeding them with a spoon.
Other example: two researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management finds that thinking your time worth money will lead you to less enjoy your leisure time and benefit of less happiness in your life.
Last example: the Department of Public Health and Forensic Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine,Sendai,Japan, confirms that drinking 5 cups or more of green tea per day would guarantee people to age without disability.
There is no need for sectarian or magical beliefs in order to leave a better life because all the here above commandments or precepts stem from scientific rationale studies implemented by honest scientists (as warranted by the quality of the institution they belong to).
Links to the scientific papers:
First study: Baby knows best? The impact of weaning style on food preferences and body mass index in early childhood in a case controlled sample.
Second study: Time, money, and happiness: How does putting a price on time affect our ability to smell the roses?
Third study: Green tea consumption and the risk of incident functional disability in elderly Japanese: the Ohsaki Cohort 2006 Study.
- Green Tea Drinkers Show Less Disability With Age, Tohoku University Study (biospace.com)
- Green tea found to reduce disability in the elderly (medicalxpress.com)
- imabonehead: Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study – Yahoo! News (news.yahoo.com)
- Better Health in Old Age thanks to Green Tea (wbsnhr69.wordpress.com)
Professor Patrick Morvan tell us in his blog that in the State of California, there are 50 death per year motivated by a lack of health care and that up to 700 prisoners are enlisted in a waiting list to attend a Doctor visit.
In France an author, Dr Véronique Vasseur,had published a book, on the subject that is very similar with the problem faced in California.
The prison industry is not exposed to unemployment during times of economic crisis but prisoner’s access to health care is a real public health issue!
You can access to the entire free movie entitled Prison Valley by clicking here.
- The Prison-Industrial Complex – Eric Schlosser – The Atlantic – 1998 (davidgsavage.com)
- Prisoner Hunger Strike Grows to Nearly 12,000! (prisonmovement.wordpress.com)
According to the INVS, mortality from cancer has diminished since 1990. I notice that this was the case especially for the two localizations that have benefited from screening: prostate cancer for men with the generalized use of PSA in individual screening and breast cancer for women with the generalization of organized screening with mammogram. These cancer mortality statistics published by the well-known French epidemiologist Catherine Hill are very encouraging with regard of public health. They must contribute to the recent debate on whether screening for prostate and breast cancer is justified. In my opinion people who are not in favor of such screening should look closely to the figures that Catherine Hill reports.
You can get access to the full text report on mortality from cancer here:
Hill C, Doyon F, Mousannif A. Évolution de la mortalité par cancer en France de 1950 à 2006. Saint-Maurice (Fra) : Institut de veille sanitaire, mai 2009, 272 p. available on: http://www.invs.sante.fr
- Prostate cancer (bupa.com.au)