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Greek Crisis Spurs War on Health Fraud Rooted in Gifts

Greece’s financial crisis is forcing the country to stamp out health-care corruption that began decades ago with gifts of cheese and chickens from farmers grateful for the care they received.

The urgency to fix the Greek health-care system has grown as the country’s finances have teetered on the brink of insolvency. Corruption, including prescription fraud and bribery for surgeries, has run rampant, costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars. The crisis has become so widespread that hospitals are considered the most corrupt public sector in the country, ahead of tax offices and town planning authorities, according to a recent nationwide survey.