Mortality and the economic crisis in Greece – The Lancet

In 2008, Greece entered a deep financial crisis, which has raised concerns about severe public health consequences,1,2 economic downturns historically being associated with increases in mortality.3,4 In 2012, there were 116 670 deaths in Greece, the highest number since 1949. The 2008–12 rise in the number of deaths (figure) is attributed to the increase in the number of deaths in the oldest individuals, with 12·5% and 24·3% increases in people aged 80–84 years and older than 85 years, respectively (appendix).

Source: Mortality and the economic crisis in Greece – The Lancet

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