Italy's chronically ill, disabled hampered by the system
'Late diagnoses, no primary or secondary prevention'13 December, 20:13
For example, some women wait up to eight years before getting diagnosed with endometriosis, a common and painful condition that can cause infertility if left untreated, according to an overview of associations for the chronically ill by Cittadinanzattiva consumer protection non-profit.
The report said 75% of the associations reported late diagnoses and 53% reported insufficient primary prevention, or doctors telling patients how to avoid disease through lifestyle changes.
Another 60% said secondary prevention, or early diagnoses which are the key to reducing the damage potential of illnesses, was inadequate or non-existent. People with disabilities also reported hardship, with 44% more patients unable to get their condition properly recognized in 2013 than in 2011, and 21% more handicapped people unable to get disabled parking permits now than two years ago.