Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Balduzzi 'absolutely satisfied' with health-care bill

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 6 - Italian Health Minister Renato
Balduzzi said Thursday he was "absolutely satisfied" with the
government's decision late Wednesday to approve a softened
health-care bill.
"Some of the measures go into effect immediately, while
others require more discussion," he said of the bill, which now
goes before parliament. "We are open to debate".
The bill, which ranges from increasing medical access to
changes to school lunches, was sharply opposed by regional
governments, labor unions and lobbies representing gambling,
tobacco and beverages.
Pared down from 27 original articles to 16, the bill aims
to create a network of 24-hour clinics that would increase
access to general physicians while cutting overhead costs.
Measures also include distancing gambling machines from
schools, places of worship and residences for the elderly by at
least 200 meters.
The bill aims to make the process of nominating hospital
directors more transparent.
A controversial tax on soft drinks was replaced with
measures pushing manufacturers to make 20% of the beverage with
fruit, and unpasteurized raw milk and fish will be banned from
school cafeterias.
A minimum 250-euro fine will be issued for selling tobacco
to minors and strict limits are to be put on advertising related
products.
Concerns about the constitutionality of some measures led
to their removal from the bill, said government sources who
admitted "the scope of the measures" was less than initially
expected.

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