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Private health expenditure in the Greek health care system: Where truth ends and the myth begins

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  • Siskou, Olga
  • Kaitelidou, Daphne
  • Papakonstantinou, Vasiliki
  • Liaropoulos, Lycourgos

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Greece today has the most "privatized" health care system among EU countries. Given the country's universal coverage by a public system this may be called "the Greek paradox". The Objective of this paper is to analyze private health payments by provider and type of service in order to bring to light the reasons for and the nature of the extraordinary private expenditure in Greece. Methods: We used a randomized countrywide sample of 1616 households. Regression analysis was used to determine the extent to which social and economic household characteristics influence the frequency of use of certain health services and the size of household payments for such services. In all statistical analyses we used the pÂ

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  • Siskou, Olga & Kaitelidou, Daphne & Papakonstantinou, Vasiliki & Liaropoulos, Lycourgos, 2008. "Private health expenditure in the Greek health care system: Where truth ends and the myth begins," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 88(2-3), pages 282-293, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:88:y:2008:i:2-3:p:282-293
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