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[Correspondence] Organ donation during the financial crisis in Greece

Greece is in the midst of a severe financial crisis that struck the country in 2008, which resulted in political instability, poor overall economic prospects, and reductions in public expenditure.1 Many problems that have long been identified by the Greek National Health System are now augmented because of the economic situation,2 and one such example is the rapid decrease in organ donation rates in the past two decades.3 Is this situation a direct result of the financial crisis, or did the financial crisis worsen an already problematic situation? We aim to answer this question by comparing the present status of organ donation in Greece with data from other Mediterranean countries that were also affected by the financial crisis—namely, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.