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Hospitals in Italy - statistics & facts

Italy's healthcare system provides universal coverage free of charge for all Italian citizens, as well as foreign citizens living in the country with a regular permit. When it comes to managing hospitals, public funds are allocated by regional health units to public hospitals, and to private hospitals accredited with the national healthcare service. In Italy, the majority of hospitals are public and are either managed directly by local health units or operate as semi-independent public enterprises. In recent years, the number of hospitals has decreased, which, as a consequence, led to a decrease in the number of hospital beds.

The number of hospital employees in Italy amounts to approximately 625 thousand, a figure that has also been decreasing in recent years. The majority of individuals employed in hospitals are nurses and midwives. Physicians represent 20 percent of total hospital employees, and the most widespread fields of specialization among them appear to be anesthesiology and resuscitation.

The number of discharges from hospitals has decreased by nearly one third in recent years. Similarly, the annual number of bed days spent in hospitals has been dropping year-on-year. One of the reasons might be that most Italians appear to be generally healthy. On the other hand, however, some citizens also report difficulties in accessing healthcare services, for example due to long waiting times for examinations and specialist consultations.

Hospitalization rates vary significantly across Italy, partly because some citizens choose to travel within the country in order to access what they deem to be the best healthcare service. In fact, the healthcare system in Italy is regionally-based: while the central government sets the fundamental principles and standards, regions manage the resources and provide healthcare services.

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Hospitals in Italy - statistics & facts

Italy's healthcare system provides universal coverage free of charge for all Italian citizens, as well as foreign citizens living in the country with a regular permit. When it comes to managing hospitals, public funds are allocated by regional health units to public hospitals, and to private hospitals accredited with the national healthcare service. In Italy, the majority of hospitals are public and are either managed directly by local health units or operate as semi-independent public enterprises. In recent years, the number of hospitals has decreased, which, as a consequence, led to a decrease in the number of hospital beds.

The number of hospital employees in Italy amounts to approximately 625 thousand, a figure that has also been decreasing in recent years. The majority of individuals employed in hospitals are nurses and midwives. Physicians represent 20 percent of total hospital employees, and the most widespread fields of specialization among them appear to be anesthesiology and resuscitation.

The number of discharges from hospitals has decreased by nearly one third in recent years. Similarly, the annual number of bed days spent in hospitals has been dropping year-on-year. One of the reasons might be that most Italians appear to be generally healthy. On the other hand, however, some citizens also report difficulties in accessing healthcare services, for example due to long waiting times for examinations and specialist consultations.

Hospitalization rates vary significantly across Italy, partly because some citizens choose to travel within the country in order to access what they deem to be the best healthcare service. In fact, the healthcare system in Italy is regionally-based: while the central government sets the fundamental principles and standards, regions manage the resources and provide healthcare services.

Interesting statistics

In the following 7 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "Hospitals in Italy".

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