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Pharmaceuticals in Italy

Thomas Schael, ex-commissioner at the Public Health Authority of Naples, led the implementation of a system that produced annual drug expenditure savings of €20m.  How did he do it?  Eye for Pharma has a revealing two–part interview. The first thing Schael did to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals in Italy was to improve the efficiency […]

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Hospital Quality Reporting in Italy

In the U.S. patients can use Hospital Compare to evaluate the quality of care individuals receive at each hospital in the U.S.  In Italy, there is P.Re.Val.E.  A paper by Renzi et al. explains: A Regional Outcome Evaluation Program (P.Re.Val.E.) was launched in the Lazio region of central Italy starting in 2005 (Fusco et al. […]

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Health Care Around the World: Italy

While France may have the highest rated health care system in the world, Italy is second according to the WHO. The Italian health care system is a decentralized version of the British NHS. Despite the high rankings by the WHO, Italians are dissatisfied with the quality of their care. Italians believe more patient choice will […]

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