WHO/Europe supports health care reform in Greece

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Dr Hans Kluge, Director of WHO/Europe’s Division of Health System and Public Health spoke at the conference “Shaping the Future of Healthcare in Greece”, on 21 June 2011, in Athens.

The global financial crisis has created unprecedented economic and social conditions in many countries, including Greece. Despite the challenges, the health care reforms that Greece is currently undertaking offer an opportunity to achieve short- and long-term improvements in the efficiency, quality, organization and effectiveness of health care.

Speaking at a conference in Athens this week, Dr Hans Kluge, Director of WHO/Europe’s Division of Health System and Public Health stated that WHO/Europe is working with the Government of Greece on its health care reform. He also reminded participants that the need for European health systems to protect the poor and vulnerable by adhering to core values (equity, solidarity and participation) is greater in times of crisis.

WHO/Europe is facilitating the development of a new European policy on health and well-being, Health 2020, which will provide a framework for decision-makers and policy-makers in health and related sectors in the coming years.

The conference “Shaping the Future of Healthcare in Greece”, took place on 21 June 2011, in Athens. Dr Andreas Loverdos, Greek Minister of Health and Social Solidarity, and Professor Elias Mossialos, Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom and Minister of State and Government Spokesman, Greece, also spoke at the event.