GREECE: HEALTH CARE
STAYING HEALTHY; There are no immunization requirements for getting into Greece.
Diarrhea can be a minor problem with all travelers everywhere, so it's wise to take along some of your favorite remedy. Cola soft drinks are said to be helpful for those having digestive difficulties stemming from too much olive oil in their food. Allergy sufferers
should carry along some antihistamines, especially in the spring. And everyone should be
aware that overexposure to the much-lauded Greek sun can cause sun poisoning or sunstroke.
Health services are good, the hospitals in the large
cities are excellent. Virtually all doctors in Greece can speak
English or some other European language.
For minor health problems, go first to the nearest pharmacy (farmakio),
which will be marked with a green cross. (In the larger cities, if it is closed, there should be a sign in the window directing you to the nearest open one.
Newspapers also list the pharmacies that are
open late or all night.) Pharmacists are well trained and usually speak English quite well, and many medications are available without prescription.
You should bring along a sufficient quantity of any prescription medication you are taking, and keep it in your carry-on
luggage. Just in case, ask your doctor to write you new prescriptions, using the generic—not the brand—name.
For more serious medical problems, your embassy or consulate or hotel
management can recommend an English-speaking doctor.
In case of emergency call:
Ambulance Service: 166
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 106
Aids Help Line: 010 7222222
Blood Bank: 010 8219391
Poisoning First Aid: 010 7793777
Pharmacies: 107 & 102
Open Line for Drug Addiction: 010 3617089
Those with chronic illnesses should discuss their travel plans with their physician.
Emergency treatment is usually given free of charge in state hospitals, but be
warned that only basic needs are met. (Citizens of EU nations should inquire before
leaving, but their policies will probably cover treatment in Greece.)
INSURANCE Before you purchase any additional insurance, check your current
medical, automobile, and homeowner's policies as well as any insurance provided by
credit-card companies and auto and travel clubs.