Poverty and Healthcare in Greece
When it comes to Greece and poverty, well, what can you say? It’s been a rough few years. They say that the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but apparently Greece never got that memo. The economic crisis has been hard on Greece, but more than that it’s been tough on the people of Greece. The donkeys that go up the steps and cart luggage around don’t seem to notice, so that’s good.
We go to the shrink still if it’s free at the clinic, and we go more than ever. Greeks go to get counseling or free medication and check-ups whenever they can. They go to see a doctor for their head more often than Woody Allen in Annie Hall. Now that’s really saying something! Yes, we still have our picturesque views, our national identity, a history of culture and culinary finery. We still look good and hold a tan like nobody else’s business! When all else fails, we can usually go fishing to take our minds off of things.
Being poor is never fun anywhere
…But it is all right in Greece. I’m just kidding. Being poor and the victim of a suffering economy with massive unemployment is terrible. So many people that I know are suffering from anxiety and they don’t know what to do because they lost their jobs. The economy cut back on jobs to try and recover, but the jobs have not come back yet. Maybe we scared them away like with being too loud while fishing. Perhaps if we are very quiet then the jobs will come back just like the fish once you settle down!
Healthcare isn’t that great in Greece, but it’s better than the job market is! So that’s something for us Greeks to enjoy. All kidding aside, the poor people and the poverty is the worst thing about being Greek. But the side effects aren’t that fun either. Being poor affects your health. It is that simple. The amount of cases of people with mental health problems has exploded since the crisis hit, and it has not really abated despite giving it some time. You know how when you go through a break up and people tell you to give it some time? Well, we gave it some time.
Things did not get better
The average person outside looking in could surely understand how the poverty and unemployment Greece is going through has affected its people. They are depressed. They have stress, and episodes where they go through severe panic attacks. It feels as though we are all barely struggling to keep our heads above water, or else we are already below the water and we are telling ourselves it is only a matter of time before we pop up again to get a breath. So far, we’re all just hanging out underwater, but we have faith and hope that things will change soon. After all, they are free, so we take advantage of the fact.
Poverty is rough on your stomach, it’s rough on your bank account, it is rough on your debt and it is rough when it comes to feeling good. You feel sick all the time, painfully aware that you are not making ends meet and you do not know when you will begin making ends meet. Some places are lacking personnel to treat people, while others are just overwhelmed by the influx of people showing up to receive their services. It’s tough not having money. It’s physically tough on your mind and your body and your soul. The people of Greece know this all too well.
Still, we keep our spirits up
The healthcare is still relatively good in the public areas and it provides a lot of help to people like me who require medication to control their anxiety. I don’t have to pay for it either, which also helps to lessen my anxiety. I could pay them with a collection of smooth rocks from the shore, but I do not think they readily accept that as currency yet, no matter how dire the situation is economically.
Greece will hopefully get through this, but it will definitely leave a scar on the psyche of Greece. Right now Greece is suffering a very deep wound that may be slowly healing. The poverty level in Greece may be unsavory and depressing, but at least the healthcare is somewhat decent.