Italy govt spending review to focus on health
Economy minister says room for savings in this sector15 October, 11:24
Saccomanni told reporters at a meeting of EU finance ministers that the spending review would make it possible to find "spaces for economies in this field". Reports that the government intends to cut health spending by around four billion euros over three years in its budget law for 2014, which the cabinet is set to approve on Tuesday, sparked widespread alarm.
Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said Monday that the national health system could not sustain cuts of this sort, but said spending could be overhauled via a long-term spending review.