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For the last several years, Greece has been going through a protracted and damaging economic crisis that has had profound consequences on the health of the Greek people. The economic crisis has predominantly impacted the health of vulnerable populations with a rise in suicides and deaths due to mental and behavioral disorders.Although Although historically Greece had one of the lowest suicide rates in the world, recent years have seen a dramatic increase in their number.Government health spending fell 25 percent between 2009 and 2012, and spending on drugs dropped by 32 percent since 2010 .Greece, which was one of the countries with the highest rate of physicians per population in the world, has seen a mass exodus of health professionals to rich countries with fewer doctors. In Athens alone some 4,000 doctors have left the city since the crisis began and spending cuts were imposed on the health sector, according to reports from the city's medical association. Not surprisingly, measures of self-rated health have also consistently fallen throughout the crisis.
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