Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Italians renounce medical treatments as recession bites


Rome, April 19 - Nine million Italians have stopped
treating small or minor medical conditions as a result of the
ongoing economic crisis, OsservaSalute said Friday.
The annual report by the health observatory said almost two
million elderly people now go without medical treatment
including non-reimbursed pharmaceutical drugs.
Further, 40% of people over-65 can no longer afford quick
private check-ups, "resigning" themselves to long waiting lists
on the national health service, the report said.
Also, families are increasingly renouncing dental treatment
for their children.
The use of antidepressants has risen from 8.18 daily doses
per 1,000 inhabitants in 2000 to 35.72 in 2010 and the number of
suicides has also risen in keeping with the trend across Europe,
the study said.
The recession has also had a negative impact on lifestyle
choices, with the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables
falling in favour of cheaper high-energy foods, and Italians are
also exercising less in order to save money.
Moreover last year 10% fewer Italians underwent thermal
treatments for medical conditions, compared to a 5% rise in
neighbouring France.
Dentists have also seen a 30% drop in turnover in the last
two years as Italians look to low-cost packages available on the
internet or even go abroad in an attempt to cut treatment costs.

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