LTCcovid Country Profile – Printable Version

1.03. Long-term care financing arrangements and coverage

In 2016 public expenditure on LTC was estimated to represent 0.1% of Gross Domestic Product (source: European Commission: The 2018 Ageing Report).

Update for: Greece   Last updated: February 10th, 2022

1.05. Quality and regulation in Long-term care

There is no definition of LTC quality in Greece neither in the healthcare nor in the social care sector. A general LTC quality framework that would apply to all types of support (residential or home care) and to various providers (public, for-profit, not-for-profit) is also lacking. Quality assurance is mainly based on a set of standards which are included in the different legal regulatory frameworks that govern the licensing and operation of the various types of LTC facilities and providers. Monitoring and control of the operation of the LTC facilities and providers is subject to on-site inspections by the competent services of the regional authorities (source: European Commission: 2021 Long-term care in the EU).

Update for: Greece   Last updated: February 10th, 2022

2.01. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country (total population)

As of December 3, 2021, there have been 951,351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greece, and 18,325 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, corresponding to 171 attributed deaths per 100,000 population

Update for: Greece   Last updated: December 5th, 2021   Contributors: Disha Patel  |  

2.02. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 among people using long-term care

As of January 31, 2021 there were 1,512 cases of COVID-19 amongst nursing home residents and 228 deaths, accounting for 4% of COVID-19 related deaths according to The National Public Health Organisation and The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. This corresponds to 2.1 COVID-19-related deaths per 100 nursing home beds in Greece.

Update for: Greece   Last updated: December 6th, 2021   Contributors: Disha Patel  |  

4.04. Reforms to improve care coordination

An EU report notes that a programme to establish 150 integrated care centres for older people was implemented in 2018.  The centres provide information and support to homecare services provided exclusively to older people, and co-ordinate the existing care services such as the open protection centres for older people, daycare centres, and the ‘help at home’ programme.

Update for: Greece   Last updated: November 24th, 2021