Eight Italian regions on health service restructuring plans

Programmes include increase in patient costs, tax measures

(ANSA) - Rome, October 22 - Eight Italian regions are undertaking health service restructuring programmes aimed at cutting costs in order to balance budgets, the coordinator of regional budget councillors Massimo Garavaglia said on Thursday.
    Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania, Molise, Sicily, Calabria, Piedmont and Puglia are all taking part in the programmes.
    Methods include increasing the portion of treatment costs that patients have to pay, as well as tax measures.
    A report released by the national agency of regional health services, which tracked the budgets of 108 Italian hospitals in 2014, found that 31 were in the red and 24 were at risk of having to take part in the programme.
   

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