Debt-laden European nations such as Greece are drifting away from a privileged era in public health. Greece offers state-subsidized insurance for the equivalent of several hundred dollars per month. But an unemployment rate that tops 27 percent has left hundreds of thousands without the means to pay. At the same time, eligibility for free indigent care has been tightened, while co-payments for those with insurance have increased.
Jan. 29, 2014 Elephtheria Theohari, 62, who is unemployed, waits for treatment in an orthopedic surgeon’s office in Helliniko. Fueled by massive unemployment, a five-year recession and deep budget cuts, the number of uninsured in the country has soared from fewer than 500,000 in 2008 to at least 2.3 million — or almost one in five Greeks — today. Yannis Kolesidis/For The Washington Post Buy Photo