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Public and Private Sector Relationship in Health Systems and Modern Greek Reality

Author(s): Panagiotis Kyloudis | Maria Rekleiti | Aikaterini Toska | Maria Saridi

Journal: International Journal of Caring Sciences
ISSN 1791-5201

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: privatization | public-private partnerships | financing | health system re-planning

Introduction: The relationship between public and private sectors is a core characteristic of the way healthsystems function nowadays globally. At the same time, privatizations seem to have become an important economicfactor.Aim: The aim of the present study was: to examine the relationship between the public and the private sector inhealth systems, to review the relevant international experience, and investigate the possibility of implementingprivatizations in the Greek Health System.Conclusions: International experience demonstrates that mass privatization programs can lead to the depreciationof public health systems and also to the conversion of health to a marketable commodity. This can have an impacton the quality of health services, and it can also influence workers’ rights, and increase insurance costs. In Greece,there is a public demand for a public health system, full-scale primary health care services, and the total replanningof hospitals with: full financing, appropriate staffing, and high quality health services for all.

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