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Old 17th August 2019, 12:31 PM
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That's because a large percentage of the "healthcare costs" are actually the costs of maintaining the entire insurance industry. Hundreds of thousands of employees, millions of square feet of office space, and on and on.
The evidence is there for anyone willing to look. I did some independent research a few years ago; here's what I found out from publicly available sources:

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Possibly a bit too late for the OP (I hope he got the thorn pulled out of his paw) but everything I have heard from other expats about the Italian public health system is pretty positive. Including from Australians who have a fairly decent system at home - by world standards - with which to compare it.

I've heard stories of people getting excellent treatment in an emergency department, and who then asked for the bill so they could claim on the travel insurance. The request was waved away.

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Possibly a bit too late for the OP (I hope he got the thorn pulled out of his paw) but everything I have heard from other expats about the Italian public health system is pretty positive. Including from Australians who have a fairly decent system at home - by world standards - with which to compare it.

I've heard stories of people getting excellent treatment in an emergency department, and who then asked for the bill so they could claim on the travel insurance. The request was waved away.
As a tourist in 2001 I went to the emergency room in Venice for what turned out to be food poisoning. Total charge for a doctor consult? 10. Two take-aways here: (1) if you're going to get sick do it in Italy, and (2) don't eat sandwiches at gas stations crossing the Apennines.

This is also the setting for one of my favorite "only in Italy" stories. You know how Italians say it with hand gestures? At the check-in desk at the hospital the clerk was on the telephone and was so angry that he had the phone crooked under his chin and shoulder so that he could wave both hands in the air.


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The evidence is there for anyone willing to look. I did some independent research a few years ago; here's what I found out from publicly available sources:

https://pauldgillen.blogspot.com/201...ription-3.html
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The U.S. is number one in per capita health care spending world-wide; almost twice as much as other top ten spenders.

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The U.S. is number one in infant mortality, twice as bad as others in the top 10.
The U.S. is number one in mortality of children under five years old, twice as bad as others in the top 10.

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