Half of Italy’s households go without healthcare

A view of the First Aid department entrance to the Galliera Hospital in Genoa, Italy, 10 January 2022. [EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO]

Over half the families in Italy (50.2%) went without health care services, partially due to COVID-19, between spring 2020 and November 2021, the Cerved Group’s 2022 report on Italian Household Welfare presented Wednesday in Rome has found. At the same time, household spending on healthcare, eldercare, and education went up €5,000, corresponding to 17% of an average household’s net income.

In total, spending went up to €136 billion during that period, of which €38.8 billion was for healthcare, €29.4 billion for elderly care, and €12.4 billion for education.

On the flipside, spending for childcare dropped €6.4 billion, while family car and culture and leisure activities dropped €11.2 billion and  €5.1 billion respectively.

The causes of the drop in healthcare provision include financial problems, unavailability of services, and inadequate supply, all of which are linked to the COVID-19 crisis.

The survey analyses a sample of 4,005 households from all 21 Italian regions, considering economic differences and household composition. Statistics were collected in different phases from the first 2020 lockdown to November 2021. The survey aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on families’ behaviour, highlighting long-term trends.

(Eleonora Vasques | EURACTIV.com)

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