To the editor,The current financial crisis has particularly affected health care delivery in Greece, which is experiencing severe economic hardship and political turmoil since 2008. Applied fiscal‐control centered policies and reductions in public expenditures have decreased the extent and the quality of medical services provided by the Greek National Health Care System (Ε.Σ.Υ.) in many diverse areas including respiratory medicine.Therefore, in these “tumultuous times” it seems especially challenging to maintain the delivery of quality lung cancer care to patients. However, wanting to improve existing lung cancer surgery provision in the region of coverage of the 2nd Sanitary Region of Piraeus and the Aegean, a large catchment area with over 1,038,359 residents (2011 census) which includes the large underdeveloped, low socioeconomic region of West Attika, in which a high smoking prevalence and industrial facilities’ exposure produces an annual incidence of lung malignancy of over 14.2%, a new academic thoracic surgery department was created at “Attikon” University Hospital. This is a 730‐bed hospital of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a centrally located tertiary care facility which naturally also acts as a referral center for patients from all over Greece.From the beginning there was a conscious decision and effort made
Journal of Surgical Oncology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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