Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Finance police uncover 'fake poor' in Veneto

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(ANSA) - Venice, October 12 - Italian finance police in the
northern region of Veneto discovered that over 4,000 people
claiming to be poor and receiving exemptions from medical
expense had sufficient income to cover their healthcare costs.
Police examined 2.2 million public hospital records in 11
provinces of the region covering the period from 2009 to 2010.
Records showed that 132,749 requests came from patients
who declared poverty or unemployment, allowing them to pay
little or no fee for treatments and visits.
Of these, 8,377 requests (6.31% of the total) were
obtained from 4,718 'fake poor', earning an annual income well
above the thresholds provided for by law in order to enjoy the
benefits.
Hospital spending is currently under examination
throughout Italy and the government is proposing budget cuts to
the system totalling 600 million euros for 2013 alone as part of
the its so-called Stability Law.

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