Why Healthcare in Greece?

Some facts about Greece that you simply didn’t know about…

Why would someone choose Greece as a medical destination… after all isn’t Greece famous for its natural beauty? Its unique islands and their beaches??

Well… not quite…

Western medicine was founded in Greece by Hippocrates! Greece is the origin of many innovative scientific methods like the famous PAP test.

Greeks live on average more than the citizens of most countries. According to World Health Organization, life expectancy for Greeks of both sexes is 81 years, while the Regional Average is 76. Global average is 70 years! Ikaria, an island in Greece, has been named as “The island of long life” by The Guardian and “The island that people forget to die” by The New York Times!

Of course many factors contribute to an extended life expectancy but quality Health services are among them. To support this, Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) for Greece stands at 3 while Regional is 20, and Global is 210!

Quality Health services demand investments. That is why total expenditure per GDP on Health in Greece is higher than OECD average (2011 data).

Doctors to population ratio is 6.1 compared to 3.1 for OECD average. That ranks Greece first among these countries. Greek doctors have nowadays vast experience, not only from Greek Hospitals, but also from working in countries such as the US, the UK, Germany, etc

The numbers of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) units and CT scanners are much greater than in most other OECD countries. In 2010, there were 22.6 MRIs per million population in Greece, nearly twice as much the OECD average of 13.3. The number of Computed Tomography (CT) scanners was also higher than the OECD average (34.3 per million population in Greece compared with 23.2 for the OECD average). In Greece most MRI scanners are installed in private diagnostic centers, with only a minority found in public hospitals.  

Acute beds per 1,000 population is 4.1 versus 3.5 for OECD average, practically meaning no waiting times to receive your treatment.


Greek gastronomy has a recorded history of around 4,000 years. Archestratos wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.)!!

In his work he explicitly mentions fish, legumes and wine as the basic ingredients of a healthy diet. Even the term Gastronomy, meaning the law of the stomach, was coined by him.

Thousands of years after, the Greek nutritional tradition still guarantees a healthy living. Dozens of scientific studies have shown the positive effect of a balanced Greek diet on a person’s health, beauty and longevity. Among them the Seven Countries Study, a landmark study of University of Minnesota researcher Ancel Keyes which proved the relationships between lifestyle, diet, coronary heart disease, stroke and “Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis” by Francesco Sofi, published in the British Medical Journal. 

In addition, the nutritional culture of the Greeks has traditionally added an extraverted social dimension to the table, combining gustative satisfaction with recreation and communication, and thus maintaining even today some overtones from ancient feasts.