Why Greece has an absolutely absurd number of pharmacists?

farmakeio“Greece. A land of rich history, catastrophic recession, and, apparently, far too many pharmacists. In fact, Greece has the largest number of pharmacists, per inhabitant, in all of Europe. On a per capita basis, there are more than twice as many Greek pharmacists as French or Spanish ones, 74% more than in Bulgaria—Greece’s nearest competitor in druggist density—and an astonishing 17 times as many as in Denmark.”

“According to the OECD, Greece is one of the few EU countries that sets prices for over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, and restricts their distribution solely to licensed pharmacies. Regulations limit the ownership of pharmacies to actual pharmacists (and each pharmacist is allowed to own only one). They dictate where new pharmacies may open, based on population and distance requirements. They set opening hours; pharmacists who wish to work beyond those hours must inform their local pharmacists’ association and the local prefecture. Pharmacy owners must employ one actual pharmacist for every three assistants. The list goes on.”

But why Greece has an absolutely absurd number of pharmacists? It is the most obvious example  of a destructive system that was “building” arbitrarily  based on clientelism, personal and union interests,  with absolute absence of coordination and synergy between public universities and the Greek Market!  Bridging the gap between Higher Educational Institutions of Greece and the Business Community is never too late! Actually it is one vital way to open and meritocratic procedures  focusing not only on temporary market needs, but on a constructive future development.
 It’s about time to Re-train Greece, Re-build its future and unlock  human potential for a Sustainable Future! 
The source: “Quartz” online magazine –  article written by Matt Phillips.
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