Due to the economic crisis in Greece, effects on health status of
the population have been reported in several studies. Few publications have
examined the role of socio-economic factors on health status. In this study, we
extensively presented the health status of the elderly aged over 65 with
respect to socio-demographic determinants, before and after the economic
crisis, a topic which remains quite unexplored. We used the health surveys
microdata conducted by the ELSTAT in two waves, 2009 and 2014. Among a sample
of 2028 elderly in wave 1 and 2699 in wave 2 was found a considerable decline
in in-patient hospitalization after the economic crisis and the examined
chronic diseases were increased. Women most reported depression and
hypertension, while diabetes was mostly increased in men. Depression, stroke
and diabetes were significantly increased in respondents 85+ after the
financial crisis. The results show that the health status of the elderly
worsened due to the economic crisis in Greece.
Keywords: Health status, Elderly, Economic crisis.