Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Nine million Italians not getting adequate health care

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Rome, March 27 - As many as nine million Italians
are not getting adequate health care because they cannot afford
to pay or cannot find the treatment they need, according to a
report released Wednesday.
"Our country now has nine million people who are not
treating small and medium-sized disorders," said Walter
Ricciardi, director of the Public Health Department in the
Catholic University of Rome.
Quoted in a special issue of the Lancet medical journal,
Ricciardi blamed the problem partly on long waiting lists and
rising costs for treatment, especially dental care.
He also noted that the use of antidepressants is on the
rise in Italy, quadrupling from 8.18 daily doses per 1,000
inhabitants in 2000 to 35.72 in 2010.
At the same time, people are eating fewer healthy foods,
such as fruit and vegetables, and instead turning to cheap junk
food and getting less exercise as they strive to save money.
The report also notes that Italy's national statistics
agency Istat has followed a rising trend in suicides in Italy -
a phenomenon being noticed across Europe.
Ricciardi said that unlike Italy, other countries in
financial crisis have found ways to deliver health services for
less.
One means, he said, is a greater emphasis on public health
and disease prevention, an area where he says Italy is not
spending enough.
Other countries also do a better job of integrating health
with social services, he added.
"With us, you are limited to cuts".

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