Thus like many foreigners, when Greeks come to Luxembourg for the first time, they may not feel comfortable to go to a doctor from a different culture. The preference for a doctor or practitioner speaking the same language is strongly linked to efficient doctor–patient communication. It's common for patients, who are challenged with a health issue, to feel more relaxed with doctors belonging to the same community of origin.
Greeks, when they are new to a country, very frequently arrange for medical appointments when they go back home, mainly due to language barriers. Going to a Greek doctor in Luxembourg is not only a matter of understanding the medical terminology but also the knowledge of specific information such as the vaccination schedule for children in Greece, as well as people’s habits in terms of eating, drinking, personal hygiene, health care, etc. It's interesting to note that in Greece medicine is a very old and steady tradition that goes back to the ancient times (Hippocrates).
A tradition that continues today with a young population wishing to study medicine. Very often Greek doctors are overrepresented in western counties compared to the Greek population living in each of them and in Greece the ratio of doctors per 1000 population is one of the highest in the world (6.29 doctors / 1000 population in 2013).
Stamatis Kalogirou, Greek ambassador for the JUST ARRIVED ambassadors Club