Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Economic crisis leads Italians to cut back health spending


Rome, February 14 - Some two million Italians over
the age of 65 have cut back spending on medicines and treatments
that are not reimbursable under Italy's national health service
as the economic crisis bites ever harder.
According to new research published by Censis and based on
figures previously presented in mid-2012, some nine million
Italians chose not to see a specialist or take diagnostic tests
for economic reasons.
Other figures revealed how some 40% of older Italians chose
to abandon taking prescribed tests due to lengthy waiting
periods in public institutions whereas in "better" economic
times whey would have sought assistance from the private sector
and paid the difference out of their own pockets.
According to the data, some 40% of families of low
socio-economic status renounced health services, the largest
single cluster.

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