Greece has universal health care. In a 2000 World Health Organization report, its health care system ranked 14th in overall performance of 191 countries surveyed.[307] In a 2013 Save the Children report, Greece was ranked the 19th best country (out of 176 countries surveyed) for the state of mothers and newborn babies.[308] In 2010, there were 138 hospitals with 31,000 beds in the country, but on 1 July 2011, the Ministry for Health and Social Solidarity announced its plans to decrease the number to 77 hospitals with 36,035 beds, as a necessary reform to reduce expenses and further enhance healthcare standards.[309][disputed – discuss] Greece’s healthcare expenditures as a percentage of GDP were 9.6% in 2007 according to a 2011 OECD report, just above the OECD average of 9.5%.[310] The country has the largest number of doctors-to-population ratio of any OECD country.[310] Life expectancy in Greece is 80.3 years, above the OECD average of 79.5,[310] and among the highest in the world. The island of Icaria has the highest percentage of 90-year-olds in the world; approximately 33% of the islanders make it to 90 (and beyond).[311] Blue Zones author Dan Buettner wrote an article in The New York Times about the longevity of Icarians under the title “The Island Where People Forget to Die”.[312] The 2011 OECD report showed that Greece had the largest percentage of adult daily smokers of any of the 34 OECD members.[310] The country’s obesity rate is 18.1%, which is above the OECD average of 15.1%, but considerably lower than the American rate of 27.7%.[310] In 2008, Greece had the highest rate of perceived good health in the OECD, at 98.5%.[313] Infant mortality, with a rate of 3.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, was below the 2007 OECD average of 4.9.[310] #tourism#tour#worldtour #bestplace#nature#beauty enjoy#experience#history

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