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The Establishing of a New Thoracic Surgery Department in Greece in the Era of Financial Crisis

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Kapetanakis EI, Sidiropoulou T, Machairas A, Tomos P

A Letter to the Editor of Lung Cancer that was kindly brought to our attention while still 'in press.' Our readership may find in it 'food  for thought' on all matters of healthcare policies and economics, especially on maintaining morale ('reshaping prevailing nihilistic attitudes') and efficient resupply and recycling of semi-disposable surgical devices in time of austerity. Economizing  always sets a desirable paradigm for cardiothoracic surgeons and their managers worldwide!


Thank you for presenting our work describing our efforts to start a new thoracic surgery program in Greece at this time of fiscal crisis. It was truthfully a challenge and requires still a great deal of work but we are quite happy with the outcome.

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