Number of hospitals in Italy 2014-2020
Hospitalization rates and causes
Heart failure is the main cause of hospitalization, followed by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Aosta Valley, Liguria, and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano were the regions with the highest hospitalization rates, whereas Lombardy, Apulia, and Sicily recorded the lowest rates nationwide.
Level of satisfaction for hospital services
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 37.4 percent of citizens considered private facilities to have reacted promptly to the emergency, against 49 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.