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Guide to Healthcare in Greece

8 Expats Talk about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 15, 2020

Summary: Expats living in Greece talk about healthcare, proximity to hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care in Greece, availability of prescription medicines and more.

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Expats in Greece offer insight into the quality of healthcare in Greece, proximity to hospitals, cost of health insurance and more.

What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Greece?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Greece about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"If you want a hospital natural birth, get good Dr's names from me,LLL or Birth Voice, if you do no want the hospital experience, but still feeling safer to be close to a medical model, go to the Birth center, again we can advise you to a good midwife, if you want a home birth, there are midwives with a good repitation for exellant home births.If you want the 5 star,'hotel', with a painless, quick c/s, go to any Dr in a private Hosp," commented an expat living in Athens, Greece.

"I would give her my doctor and midwife's contact details, would warn her about the prevalence of unnecessary c-sections, give her my book on breastfeeding. Dealing with the maternity clinics requires some know-how but luckily my midwife did this for me (insisted baby was brought to me whenever it cried, etc.), told them I didn't want a systematic enema when admitted for labour, etc. It's very useful to have someone else negotiate this stuff for you, the last thing you want when you're in labour is to have to argue with nurses," said another expat in Athens.

"I Would Not give her the name of this group of midwives--they were all terrible, unsympathetic wretches in my labor, taking time off to sleep b.c. I wasn't going fast enough. I would tell my friend to find a nice old midwife from the village who's been working autonomously forever and ever, and pay her to come to the house for the delivery. It's truly the safest option if you want a natural and safe labor and delivery. Plus, she will encourage nursing, which Nobody does there--not pediatricians, ob's, no one. Good Luck," remarked another in Athens.

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What are medical services in Greece like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Greece, they replied:

"No, it is necessary to go to Athens for anything serious, although there are private clinics and facilities that cater for other procedures," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"Always use insurance in Greece if you can, if not get reciprocal healthcare," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"Either get private health insurance if applicable, or be prepared to pay for private care," said another expat in Paros.

What do you think about the cost of medical care in Greece?

"I do not have insurance, but the costs of private medical care are quite reasonable," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"The cost is reasonable under the IHC, private care varies, but in general is cheaper than UK I believe," said another expat in Paros.

What are emergency services like?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Greece wrote:

"No true hospitals on the island, but good clinics both public and private. Nearest hospitals are on Naxos, Syros or Athens," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"Nearest proper hospitals are in Athens, a boat or plane ride away. The emergency service in the public health facility is very good, mainly due to a very conscientious doctor. Otherwise there are private clinics which cater for scans, x rays, blood tests etc," said another expat in Paros.

Are their specialists in the area or do you need to travel to see a specialist?

"In Athens the care is different to UK, for instance there needs to be a carer for the patient, a relative or someone privately paid for when you are in the hospital. Specialist healthcare is quite widely available here, and appointments are offered quickly," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"As mentioned previously it depends on the situation as there are many hospitals in Athens. Care varies," said another expat in Paros.

Are most prescription medications available in Greece?

"Yes from the many chemists. I need several prescriptions but get them at 20% of cost under the healthcare programme," commented an expat living in Paros, Greece.

"Yes, plenty of pharmacies, prescription is needed for some drugs, which gives a discount on the price, otherwise they can be expensive sometimes," said another expat in Paros.

"Yes in pharmacy, sometimes no prescription needed. You pay 25% of the cost if a member of EOPPY," remarked another expat in Paros.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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