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Italy must find new ways to fund and organise its health service, prime minister says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8155 (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8155
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

Italy’s tax funded national health service is unsustainable in its current form, the country’s prime minister, Mario Monti, has claimed.

His comments were sharply criticised by health unions and many politicians. But some health economists agreed that demographic changes and poor economic growth meant that new forms of funding would have to be considered.

“Sustainability will not be guaranteed if in the next two years we do not find new …

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