Immigrants smoke less, healthier than Italians
13% have trouble communicating with doctors, says Istat30 January, 18:14
At least 87.5% of foreign respondents said they enjoy good or excellent health, against 83.5% of Italians.
The Chinese topped that list at 90.2%, followed by Filipinos (90.2%), Indians (88.8%) and Poles (88.4%). Ukrainians (85.8%) and Moroccans (85.2%) were less likely to report being in good health. On the lifestyle front, 23.2% of foreign respondents aged 14 and above said they are habitual smokers, against 25.8% of Italians.
As with the native population, the habit is more prevalent among men (32.4%) than women (15.1%). Indians, Filipinos and Chinese are the least likely to smoke.
Almost a third of foreigners, or 30.9%, is overweight and 7.8% are obese, mirroring the Italian rates (29.8% and 7.8%). At least 57.5% of foreigners go to the doctor for checkups.
Women are more likely to go to the doctor than men (59.6% against 53.9%), as are kids under 14 (62.9%).
Moroccans and Tunisians are more likely to go to the emergency room, and the Chinese are the least likely to do so, the report said.
However, 13.8% of foreigners have trouble explaining their complaints to doctors and 14.9% said they have trouble understanding what the doctor says.
The language barrier is highest for women, people aged over 54, and the Chinese, Indian, and Filipino communities.
Another 13% of immigrants, especially those from China and India, said they have trouble dealing with bureaucracy in order to access health care.