21/08/2017

Healthcare in Italy

The government of Italy runs a national health service, which was created by legislation enacted in 1978 and has the goal of providing free

 

 

 

 


 

The government of Italy runs a national health service, which was created by legislation enacted in 1978 and has the goal of providing free medical care for all citizens. In 2002 Italy had one hospital bed for every 227 people and one physician for every 165 people. Social-welfare insurance, funded largely by employers, is extended to the infirm and the aged, as well as to people pensioned by the state, farmers, unemployed agricultural workers, and apprentices. Life expectancy at birth was estimated at 83 years for women and 77 years for men in 2007; the infant mortality rate was 6 per 1,000 live births.

It is also important to know that any visitors, or persons who are not enrolled under the national healthcare plan, are expected to pay full hospital charges and then claim a reimbursement from their insurance provider. In case of an emergency, head for the nearest hospital. Most general and regional hospitals have emergency rooms (pronto soccorso), which are open 24 hours a day. To call an ambulance, dial 118 (toll free) from any telephone in Italy. Help can also be sought through the police, by dialling 113 which is equivalent to 911 in the U.S.

Pharmacies are clearly visible with a green cross outside the window, usually having the same opening hours as shops: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can visit them for minor ailments. In larger towns and cities, you'll find a farmacia that's open all night and others that offer 24-hour service. Their addresses are displayed outside all the local pharmacies.

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