Greek Tragedy: ‘We’re seeing children with severe malnutrition, We ration supplies, medicine, everything, Sometimes we pay out of our own pockets to buy them.’

Greek Hospitals Suffer In Ailing Economy

“We’re seeing children with severe malnutrition,” he says.

“We ration supplies, medicine, everything,” he says. “Sometimes we pay out of our own pockets to buy them.”

Veliotis has been a pediatrician for eight years but makes just under $2,000 per month, after a 30-percent pay cut.

Papamichalis, the neurologist, says his pay has also been cut; he now makes the equivalent of $1,600 a month and often works 100 hours a week.

“But in reality, we’re working under the same conditions as 50 years ago.”

But his colleague Dimitris Kokkinidis, a hematologist, says he’s lost hope.

Kokkinidis’ salary has been cut in half. He now makes about $1,200 a month.

That’s what his family of five must live on. His wife, Despina Rizopoulou, works as a family doctor at a private clinic, but she hasn’t been paid for 11 months.

A Health Care Tragedy Plays Out In A Greek Port

Official unemployment in the port town is 80 percent, and many people are unable to afford food and medicine.

Like A Third World Country

Psychological Impact

“A symptom I encounter very frequently is panic attacks and agoraphobia,” she says. “They have difficulty [leaving] their home. And all kinds [of] depressive symptoms, like feeling helpless and unworthy and guilty, they have a lot of despair.”

For Greeks, Painful Cuts Keep Tearing At The Social Fabric

Nowhere are cutbacks more visible and painful than in health care.

Universal coverage — which most countries in Western Europe have in some form — is no more in Greece. Now, a year after losing a job, a worker loses all benefits.

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“It’s a bit like the Wild West here,” Gourdomichalis said. “There’s just such poverty and misery and unemployment.”

Desperate Greeks scuffle at free food handout

“I can’t afford anything, not even at the fruit market. Everything is expensive, prices of everything are going up while our income is going down and there are no jobs.”

Disappointed With Electric Cars, Automakers Are Making Bad Bet On Fuel Cells

The father of the Prius, Toyota’s Takeshi Uchiyamada, is saying that it holds more promise than battery electric vehicles, which he says haven’t worked out to be “a viable replacement” for gas-powered cars.

My prediction: unless something close to magic happens in Japan or elsewhere, the fuel-cell vehicle will forever be a wall flower at a party dominated by fast, fun, powerful conventional cars and clean, high-range, rapidly-rechargeable battery vehicles.

Austerity Cuts Greek Household Income 38%

The severity of Greece’s crushing economic crisis and austerity measures demanded by international lenders has drastically cut the incomes of more than 90 percent of Greek households, with an average drop of 38 percent.

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