More than half of all Greeks are not satisfied with the country’s health system, according to the findings of a study released this week by the National Register of Physicians (PIS).

The study, conducted by research firm GPO on a representative sample of 1,108 people across Greece and 720 medical doctors, found that 56.9% of those surveyed said they were disappointed by infrastructure and administration up from 34.7% last year but 91.1% said they were satisfied with the doctors of the National Healthcare Service known as “ESY”.

Key takeaways of the study include:

– 45.1% of respondents said they were not satisfied with health services of both public and private health services up from 31.2% in 2023

– 48.3% of medical doctors rate both public and private health services negatively up from 22.9% in 2023

-75.4% are dissatisfied with administration at health facilities in Greece

– 65.2% said they prefer to visit a private doctor instead of a hospital

– the majority of doctors (90%) and residents (78.5%) want the health system to remain public

– the majority of doctors (91.6%) and citizens (82.8%) are in favor of increasing the salaries of medical doctors on par with their EU counterparts

– the majority of people polled (97.3%) and 96.4% of doctors said they were in favor of offering doctors incentives to work on remote islands or mountain regions

– 44.6 percent were in favor of allowing doctors hired in the public health system to run private practices.