“Greece is an example of perhaps the worst case of austerity leading to public health disasters,” Mr. Stuckler explained in a telephone interview.
“After mosquito spraying programs were cut, we’ve seen a return of
malaria, which the country has kept under control for the past four
decades. New HIV infections have jumped more than 200 percent,” he
“The thing about healthcare systems,” the OECD’s Ankit Kumar explained
in a telephone interview, “Is you cut the money today, and start to see
the cuts’ impact at least three to four years from now.
You know that
people aren’t getting their medications. But it takes a couple of years
before this manifests itself in high levers of sickness, fewer people
being able to work, and more people facing shorter lives.
consequences of what has happened in Greece, these outcomes are just
going to get worse and worse.”
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