Medical Information

Doctors Greece has a preponderance of Doctors. Just about everyone wants to be a doctor, and many of them take up the long studies required to get their degree. It takes about 7 years to finish studies and then you must do a 1 year 'stage' in some small town. Often, it is a small village where not only a person becomes a small town doctor, but also a respected member of its society.

Greek medical care is FREE. If something happens to you while on holiday and you need to see a general practitioner, not a specialist, the visit is free. And most of the time, he or she, will supply you with medicines free. If you need to get to a pharmacy, then you will have to pay for medicines, although they are also very cheap.

For example, a bottle of child's Paracetamol syrup, costs about DRA 150 or about 70 cents.

Greece subsidizes medicines orherwise the public, whose salaries are very low in comparison to Western Europe, would not be able to afford them.

Remember the telephone number for emergencies is 166.

At the rural areas and islands you can find medical help at the so called "Rural Medical Offices" where is on duty a doctor without medical specialization, they are doctors in rural service after the university studies. But, there are also the so called "Health Centers" where you may find doctors with specialization. Generally you may find doctors of internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, etc. Doctors at "Rural Medical Offices" the in Greek called 'AGROTIKO IATRIO' or at "Health Centers" the in Greek called 'KENTRO HYGEIAS' work under goverment salary and they do not receive payment by the patient. There are also in small cities or even turistic villages private doctors of different medical specialties (supplied by Dr. Kyriakou).

Pharmacies Pharmacies are open normal hours, which means that they close for the afternoon 'fiesta.'

Pharmacies also 'dianihterevoun' at times, which means they stay open at night and during the siesta. The address and telephone numbers of such pharmacies is found in the daily papers, including Athens News which is printed in English. In the small towns and villages the pharmacy, if there is one, will have a bell and probably be part of the pharmacists's house. Ring the bell and they will be happy to help you.

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