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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192-194

Cataract services in greek public hospitals through and after the austerity period

Department of Ophthalmology, Volos General Hospital, Volos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Konstantinos T Tsaousis
Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_674_20

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The recent financial crisis caused several problems in the health systems of affected countries like Greece. The present short report highlights several issues regarding the operation of cataract services in Greek public hospitals while certain acts are proposed to cope with recently appeared tight spots. The final aim is to promote relevant discussion in Greece and countries in the region that similar conditions may apply. The cataract service is one of the busiest parts of modern ophthalmology clinics and since they are considered high cost procedures, are affected by limited monetary funding. Institution of a national cataract institute could improve the quality of provided services: To reduce waiting period for a cataract operation, secure safety of procedures and maintain an adequate level of cataract surgeons training.

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