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More than 12 million Italians turned to private health care

Report says more than 61% paid to avoid waiting lists

More than 12 million Italians turned to private health care

Rome, June 4 - More than 12 million Italians have turned to some form of private health care, driven by long waiting lists in the public system, says a report released Tuesday. As many as 61.6% of the 12.2 million Italians paying for private health services blamed long waiting lists for their decision, while just 18% said they thought they would receive better care outside the publicly funded system, according to the report by statistics institute Censis. By far, dentists report the largest number of private patients, with 90% paying their own bills. About 57% of gynecological visits are privately paid while 36% of rehabilitation services are financed outside the public system. The report suggests that government cuts to the health care system over the past two years are responsible for longer wait times for medical care, driving more patients to pay privately.

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