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The history of Athens is one of the longest of any city in Europe and in the world. Named after Athena, goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Athens has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age and is generally considered to be the cradle of Western civilization. It became the leading city of Ancient Greece in the first millennium BC and the strongest Greek city-state around 500 BC, entering its Golden Age after emerging victorious from the Persian Wars (500 - 449 BC). During the time of Pericles (443 - 429), Athens reached the height of its cultural and imperial achievement. Socrates and the dramatists Aeshcylus, Sophocles and Euripides lived at that time.

Medical Tourism

Written by on: 22/10/2012

Medical treatment abroad, also called ‘medical tourism’, is a booming international industry where patients seek healthcare from sources outside their country. Usually every type of medical treatment is available abroad with over 50 countries identifying as destinations in medical tourism.

New countries are quickly joining the medical tourism industry. New Zealand is one of the recently arising destinations for medical treatment abroad for North American based patients and an example of an international healthcare service that still has a first world economy but 20% off the price. Taiwan and Uruguay have also joined the explosive industry, investing funding and private medical tourism initiatives into their services.

Greece Medical Tourism

Written by on: 22/10/2012

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Greece Medical Tourism

Greece Medical Tourism - Greek doctors offering great care and professionalism, combined with modern hospitals/clinics and state of the art equipment

Greece was the home of great ancient civilizations and is now the site of many of their ruins.  The country is also home to picturesque islands, great food, and a pulsating nightlife, which will guarantee that you will be partying until the wee hours of the night.  The country’s rich history has at times overshadowed its recent economic development.  30 years ago, Greece was an agrarian society famous for its beaches, islands, and olive oil.  Now, Greece boasts more cell phones than landlines and many middle to high-end establishments have sprouted that cater to the burgeoning tourism sector and the country’s middle and upper-class inhabitants.  Also, the influx of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and other European nations has resulted in a myriad of food options.  What make Greece so unique are its history, culture, and undying hospitality towards foreign visitors, which in turn helps to grease the wheels of tourism and ensure a pleasant vacation for all.

Greece Medical Tourism

Written by on: 22/10/2012

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Greece is not only an excellent destination for a mental health break, but the medical facilities in Greece are also some of the best in the world. Greece is ranked fourteenth by the World Health Organization (WHO) for having the best medical care facilities world-wide. This rating is 23 places higher than the current United States ranking of 37. People who want quality care at a fraction of the price should consider Greece for care.

Why Choose Greece for Medical Tourism

Greece was one of the first destinations for medical tourism. Its sheer beauty and healing waters have been attracting people world-wide since the ancient Grecian times. The beaches and the scenery are absolutely breath-taking. Any person recovering from a surgery or medical treatment will feel comfortable in the stress-free environment.

Greece's modern-day medical tourism is also thriving. Medical tourists flock to Greece to obtain quality healthcare at a fraction of the costs in their home country. Crete, especially, is known for medical tourism because of the number of expatriates in the area.

Greek Medical Tourism

Written by on: 22/10/2012

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The Asclepia Temples (built in honor of the Greek god, Asclepius) were some of the earliest healing centers where patients from around the region congregated for therapeutic purposes.  But who exactly was Asclepius, and how did he gain so much recognition as a healer?

According to Greek mythology, Asclepius was the god of medicine who, in his pre-celestial days, had been mentored by Chiron, a master of medicine.  The young Asclepius excelled in the healing arts and was visited by sufferers from all over Greece.  Healing powers attributed to him included bringing the dead back to life, reversing aging, and curing blindness.  Most of the other gods in the Greek pantheon, many of whom had formidable healing powers themselves, weren’t too impressed with Asclepius’ growing fame.  Among the most distressed was Pluto, lord of the underworld.

Greece, on average, attracts more than 17.5 million tourists each year.  Despite the crisis facing the country, this number is not likely to change dramatically.  However, the recession has greatly affected the employment of medical personnel.  Many doctors for example, are not only immigrating abroad, but also seeking employment on Greek islands in order to provide their services to tourists.  This raises the question: Is there a difference between managing local patients and tourists from other lands?
 
According to Dr. Manolis Paterakis, a general practitioner, who resides permanently on the island of Crete and whose patients include both locals and visitors, there is a difference mainly in protocol. 
Summer is here and many are preparing to go on a long deserved vacation!  While packing suitcases and planning itineraries, the last thing on a person’s mind is: What happens if a medical emergency arises?
 
With over 17.5 million tourists visiting Greece every year, Dr. Paterakis , a general practitioner on the island of Crete, has encountered a great number of problems with his foreign patients that could have been prevented .   From his experience, he has provided the following list of what foreign travelers should do before and during their vacation.

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