In Italy, the total number of hospitals gradually decreased over time. As a matter of fact, in 2014, there were 1,119 hospitals in the country, whereas in 2019, the number decreased to 1,045 hospitals. This figure includes both public and private institutions. Also, the number of hospital beds declined during the period considered.
As regards the level of satisfaction among patients for the services received during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a remarkable gap between the public and the private sector. For instance, only 40 percent of citizens considered private facilities to have reacted promptly to the emergency, against 54 percent of individuals who made the same statement about public hospitals. One must note, however, that a great share of participants in this survey could not assess the reaction of private hospitals.
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