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    Almost 20% of Greeks have lost health insurance due to austerity cuts

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    Greece says one fifth of the country's residents have lost their public health insurance due to austerity.

    Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis says the uninsured will be given access to free primary care at special clinics. However, specialized care has been cut and will depend on donations from drug companies and charities. Medical charities say the true figure is closer to one-third, rather than one-fifth of Greeks affected. The country's public health care has been ravaged by a harsh financial crisis. International bailout money and the government's heavy austerity measures have had little success in turning things around.