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Monti says privatizing Italy's health system not on agenda

Premier caused stir over 'sustainability' of universal care

Monti says privatizing Italy's health system not on agenda

Rome, November 29 - Italian Premier Mario Monti on Thursday said that privatizing the country's health system was not on the agenda. Speaking at the 50th anniversary of the police health squad (NAS), Monti said that stressing the need to make health care fully sustainable "had nothing to do with privatization". On Wednesday, the premier sparked fears that some public services would be privatized when he said that the sustainability of the health system "may not be guaranteed" unless new financing measures were taken. On Thursday he called universal health care "an essential requirement of civil society".

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