OECD's periodic review of Greece's economy. This 2009 edition examines how well Greece is weathering the economic crisis. It also looks at how to bring Greece's public finances on to a sustainable path, how to improve the performance of the public health care system, and how to raise education outcomes. Greece has weathered the economic crisis relatively well, but putting public financing on a sustainable path will require strengthening tax administration and tighter expenditure management. Greek health outcomes compare favorably with the OECD average but the system is seen as not working well by the population. Greece's educational indicators lag behind those of other OECD countries and OECD makes wide-ranging recommendations in this report.Table of Content :Executive Summary-Assessment and Recommendations Chapter 1. Weathering the International Crisis-STRONG-Although weakened, the Greek economy has stood up quite well to the initial impacct of the crisis-Greece is, however, unlikely to avoid a recession-How should fiscal policy react?-Is the Greek financial sector well armed to face the economic and financial crisis?-The authorities should give priority to reforming the public sector-Structural reforms on labour and goods markets must be pursued-Annex 1.A1. Progress in structural reformSTRONG Chapter 2. Enhancing Fiscal Viability/STRONG-Enhance revenue performance with a special focus on taxation-Achieving a better contorl of primary expenditure-The projected surge in pension spending threatens the stability of public financesBRChapter 3. Improving the performance of the public health care systemSTRONG-Performance and main challenges-The organisation of the health care system impairs its efficiency-The quality and efficiency of public health care services need to be improved-Conclusions and recommendationsAnnex 3.A1. Data envelopment analysis Anenx 3.A2. A new mechanisms for monitoring prescriptions for drugs-Chapter 4. Raising Education OutcomesSTRONG-An overview of the education system-Education outcomes-How to improve the performance of the education system?