The report “Right to Health – Right to life” finds that people on the move in Greece have too often faced a lack of interpretation services, experienced racism from healthcare professionals, or long waiting times for appointments resulting in minor health issues becoming much more serious chronic conditions. In some instances, medical professionals have even refused to perform procedures (for example, abortion in cases of rape), or done so without consent (such as cesarean sections). These problems are partially due to "frequent and fragmented changes in national policies and local practices”, but also geographical, organisational and linguistic barriers.
This report includes reports and testimonials from applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in Greece, including their own experiences of healthcare services. Furthermore, it provides a number of policy proposals to effectively protect and promote the rights of people on the move, and ensure their access to health on equal terms.
The report was published in the context of the project "Do the human right thing - Raising our Voice for Refugee Rights", implemented under the Active citizens fund programme.1