Greece, Where Pharmacies are Cheapo Territory

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Photo by Gerry1605
Photo by Gerry1605

The absolutely wonderful thing about Greece’s state-subsidized health care system is that just about any cream you could possibly need while traveling—from anti-histamine cream for easing the itch to yeast infection cream for, well, easing the itch—is available at every pharmacy throughout the country, and very likely at a much lower cost than whatever you’re accustomed to paying at home.

Don’t believe us? Check out this pharmacy mini-index. Anti-histamine creams cost €2.80. Yeast infection creams are remarkably inexpensive, at €3.30.

So if you’re headed to Greece, don’t load yourself down with heavy creams and medications that you might not need while you’re traveling. And rest assured that if you do need them, you’ll be able to find them—and for far less than you’ll pay for them at home.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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