Speech at the 1st Panhellenic Conference “Crisis Management in the Health Sector”

Migration Health: Legislative Framework and Action

Leaders of professional associations and public bodies, military officers, scientists, teachers, doctors, nurses,

I would like to thank the leadership of the Ministry of Health and congratulate the leaders who helped organize this very important conference in Greece of the crisis, and especially the Minister of Health Mr. Adonis Georgiades and the EKEPY Commander (Mr. Panos Efstathiou).

The health sector is characterized, on the one hand, by its significant prospects for growth, innovation and demonstration of dynamism and, on the other hand, by the challenges it faces in terms of the economic and social sustainability and efficiency of health care systems, due to the aging populations and of the progress made by medicine.

The sure thing is that our time is a period of inevitable movement of people to foreign countries, especially in the European Union, to find work and seek better living conditions.

The purpose of the work is the examination and presentation of the current situation regarding the health of immigrants. What are the needs for care? Are they satisfied? What problems do they encounter if they find solutions or are driven to quakes?  Are their rights to access to health protected by legislation? Within this framework, 6 thematic units are examined:

  • Equal access for immigrants to health services, which, in order to be thoroughly examined and presented without any loopholes, is dealt with by separate sections referring to the current legal framework, the right to health under the Constitution and the right to health under international law.
  • Protection of public health
  • Problems when entering the country
  • Hospitality and detention centers for Immigrants
  • Specific Issues, where this unit focuses on the rights of care for more vulnerable groups, such as women and children.
  • Deportation of Immigrants

Thank you very much for attending.