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Greece Health Stats

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The Greek population is in general healthy, as the life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 78 for men. It is estimated that 81.6% of Greeks will exceed live longer than age 65, and the incident of chronic disease is low. Serious diseases such as diabetes (5.22% of population ages 20 to 79), HIV (4 patients per 5,000 people) and tuberculosis (9 patients per 200000 people) have been prevented to a large extent. Almost 88% of 1-year old children in Greece were immunized against many diseases, such as DPT3, HepB3, Measles, Polio3 and TB in 2002.

Almost a decade ago, Greece was spending lots of money on health (9.5% of the GDP), receiving the 18th position in health expenses. Greek Health Institution (ESY) has many doctors (5.35 per 1,000 people), but very few nurses and midwives (3.48 per 1,000 people). Additionally, ESY was not properly equipped, as there were 4.7 hospital beds per 1,000 people at 2000. Austerity has shrunk the Greek health system

Greek population constantly shrinks, since birth rate in Greece is one the lowest worldwide (170th out of 181 nations). The average woman gives birth to 1.28 children (166th out of 179 nations). Greek society is against abortions, as Greece receives the second-to-last place among 19 nations. Abortion rate explains why teenage pregnancy is average in Greece (386.07 births per million).

Smoking is one of the most beloved daily habits for Greek people. While smoking has decreased worldwide over the last 25 years, Greek people seem to enjoy smoking (daily smokers were 38.5% of total population at 1990, whereas daily smokers decreased by only 3.5 % at 2003). And about 95% of Greek people can find illegal drugs with ease, and it seems that drugs will be a major concern in the future. Obesity is the number one problem for Greek society. Greece is the 5th most obese country in comparison with other first world’s countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The sedentary lifestyle, the love for tasty food, and the extended use of alcohol are the primary reasons for a rise in obesity.

Definitions

  • Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people: Crude birth rate indicates the number of live births occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the population growth rate in the absence of migration.
  • Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth: Average age of mother at first childbirth.
  • Births and maternity > Total fertility rate: Total fertility rate.
  • HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS: An estimate of all people (adults and children) alive at yearend with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS.
  • Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
  • Life expectancy > Men: Life expectancy for men.
  • Life expectancy > Women: Life expectancy for women.
  • Life expectancy > Years of potential life lost from premature death > Females: Female YPLL. Years lost to premature death. 

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Life expectancy at birth > Total population: The average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.
  • Life expectancy at birth, male > Years: Life expectancy at birth, male (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy at birth, total > Years: Life expectancy at birth, total (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians are defined as graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, research).
  • Probability of not reaching 60: Probability at birth of not reaching the age of 40.
  • Quality of health care system > Health care system index: Health Care Index is an estimation of the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, cost, etc.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people 9.4 per 1,000 people 2005 170th out of 181
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 30.2 2009 3rd out of 25
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.86% 2100 106th out of 196
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS 8,800 2009 100th out of 133
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 4.7 per 1,000 people 2000 35th out of 59
Life expectancy > Men 78 years 2013 20th out of 99
Life expectancy > Women 83 years 2013 20th out of 99
Life expectancy > Years of potential life lost from premature death > Females 2,017 2014 23th out of 29
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 79.92 years 2011 29th out of 216
Life expectancy at birth, male > Years 78.5 2011 19th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 80.74 2011 23th out of 196
Obesity 21.9% 2003 5th out of 29
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 4.4 per 1,000 people 2001 2nd out of 78
Probability of not reaching 60 9.4% 2050 39th out of 48
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 59.61 2014 33th out of 46

SOURCES: World Development Indicators database; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; Wikipedia: Years of potential life lost (By country); (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; OECD Health Data 2005; calculated on the basis of survival data from UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; health care

Citation

"Greece Health Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Greece/Health

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The Greek population is in general healthy, as the life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 78 for men. It is estimated that 81.6% of Greeks will exceed live longer than age 65, and the incident of chronic disease is low. Serious diseases such as diabetes (5.22% of population ages 20 to 79), HIV (4 patients per 5,000 people) and tuberculosis (9 patients per 200000 people) have been prevented to a large extent. Almost 88% of 1-year old children in Greece were immunized against many diseases, such as DPT3, HepB3, Measles, Polio3 and TB in 2002.

Almost a decade ago, Greece was spending lots of money on health (9.5% of the GDP), receiving the 18th position in health expenses. Greek Health Institution (ESY) has many doctors (5.35 per 1,000 people), but very few nurses and midwives (3.48 per 1,000 people). Additionally, ESY was not properly equipped, as there were 4.7 hospital beds per 1,000 people at 2000. Austerity has shrunk the Greek health system

Greek population constantly shrinks, since birth rate in Greece is one the lowest worldwide (170th out of 181 nations). The average woman gives birth to 1.28 children (166th out of 179 nations). Greek society is against abortions, as Greece receives the second-to-last place among 19 nations. Abortion rate explains why teenage pregnancy is average in Greece (386.07 births per million).

Smoking is one of the most beloved daily habits for Greek people. While smoking has decreased worldwide over the last 25 years, Greek people seem to enjoy smoking (daily smokers were 38.5% of total population at 1990, whereas daily smokers decreased by only 3.5 % at 2003). And about 95% of Greek people can find illegal drugs with ease, and it seems that drugs will be a major concern in the future. Obesity is the number one problem for Greek society. Greece is the 5th most obese country in comparison with other first world’s countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The sedentary lifestyle, the love for tasty food, and the extended use of alcohol are the primary reasons for a rise in obesity.

Posted on 09 Apr 2014

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