Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Italian cabinet poised to approve softened health bill


(ANSA) - Rome, September 5 - Italy's cabinet appeared
poised Wednesday to approve a much-softened health-care bill
that contains less stringent measures that previously discussed.
As cabinet ministers debated the bill, outside their
meeting rooms there was friction between lobby groups for change
and those in favour of leaving Italy's health system as it is.
Concerns about the constitutionality of some measures led
to their removal from the bill, said government sources who
admitted "the scope of the measures" wass less than initially
The number of articles in the bill has been trimmed to 16
from the original 27.
A controversial tax on soft drinks has disappeared from the
latest version of the bill, and replaced with a proposed ban on
raw milk and fish from school cafeterias.
But proposals on distancing gaming machines from schools,
stiffer fines for selling tobacco to minors, and strict
advertising limits on related products still feature.
Proposals to limit physicians' expenditures were removed as
were articles regarding electronic record-keeping.
Other proposals, particularly those dealing with primary
care, clinical governance - including the appointments process
for regional directors - and professional liability clauses
remained in the bill.

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