Sick and humiliated. Starting from tomorrow in Lombardy when you’ll use the local public health care system services, after you’ve paid what’s due, you’ll be given a written report of what the real cost of the real cost of medical exams and therapies is. The President of the Milan’s Doctors association, Roberto Carlo Rossi, said that this new arrangement will humiliate patients (The health care system is one of the things we pay taxes for), but the Lombardy’s Councillor for the Health Care, Luciano Bresciani, thinks that this will be useful to improve citizens’ responsibility and awareness for the costs that the public administration supports for them (even though citizens pay taxes for that). It’s not certain what kind of people’s reaction is expected from the Lombardy’s local administration: maybe they hope that after noticing what burden they are for the society, many people (just like Rossi said) will autonomously take the decision to give  up every treatment?

(I know, that’ a very local matter…).

Malati ed umiliati. A partire da domani in  Lombardia ogni volta che si usufruirà delle prestazioni del Servizio Sanitario Regionale una volta pagato il dovuto ci verrà presentato anche un conto virtuale con elencati nel dettaglio i costi reali della prestazione. Il Presidente dell’Ordine dei Medici di Milano, Roberto Carlo Rossi, sostiene che questo nuovo provvedimento avrà come unico risultato l’umiliare i pazienti, ma l’Assessore regionale alla Sanità Luciano Bresciani (Lega Nord) sostiene che questo sia semplicemente un modo per responsabilizzare i cittadini rendendoli consapevoli dei costi che la pubblica amministrazione sostiene per loro (che del resto per avere quei servizi pagano le tasse).  Non è chiaro quale genere di reazione da parte dei cittadini ci si aspetti in Regione Lombardia: si spera forse che constatando i costi eccessivi a carico della comunità in molti (proprio come fa notare Rossi), sentendosi un peso per la società, decidano autonomamente di non curarsi più?

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7 responses »

  1. shireenn says:

    That’s very interesting – and yes I do think it’s humiliating for the patients! It’s not like people are running to get health care – when you’re sick you’re sick, and there is little you can do about it. On top of that to be made to feel guilty for being sick is just…. lousy!

    I love your blog, I’ll be adding it to my list! I love Italy too, I’ve done some gorgeous photography of your contry🙂

  2. I know, a very local matter – but good for all of us to know about everywhere – because these changes appear all over the globe and they are often not highlighted, since there always FAR WORSE things happening. Thank you for that post!

  3. suth2 says:

    Reblogged this on Gippsland Granny and commented:
    What do you think of this idea? If I was sick I don’t think I would be wanting humiliation of top of that. Plus I think I am well aware of the actual costs of health care.

  4. kniterly says:

    If it is only the patient themselves who is getting to see the bill, then I don’t think it is humiliating. I live in Canada, where we are very thankful for our health plan paid for by taxes. However, an unfortunate side effect is that more tax dollars gets spent on healthcare than is truly needed because people do not realize how much each little test or doctor’s visit cost and so just listen to whatever their doctor says without question, even though some doctors are given bonuses by big pharma companies to push certain things on people. Doctors also worry about being sued for not testing for every disease under the sun if someone gets ill.
    I think if people knew how much everything costs then they would be more likely to question things any maybe not take every drug or test under the sun, which would save tax money to put into other things, like research into cures for example. It would also slow down wait times for things like surgeries.

    • Ella V says:

      I believe people already know that health care is expensive. In my region the local administration had already cut the day you could stay in hospital (many surgeries are made with just a few hours of hospitalization), had told doctors they must make fewer prescriptions… I think nobody really loves to go to the doctor or to the ER just to spend some time. The real problem is that to make some specific exams sometimes the waiting lists are too long. Public funds are wasted buying expensive machinery that remain unused…Poor people has the right to be cured and nobody has the right to humiliate them for that.

      • kniterly says:

        I don’t think public funds are necessarily wasted on expensive machinery as long as someone uses it. If it only helps cure or save the lives of 5 people than it is worth it. I agree that poor people have the right to be cured – sometimes they might have a special problem that needs the expensive machinery. My mother is an example of this.

      • Ella V says:

        I completely agree with you now. Sometimes happens that an expensive machinery can’t be use (no due authorizations from the public administration itself for instance) and who needs it is forced to go to private clinics, that’s a real waste. I know, it’s complicated to explain. (hope your mother will recover soon).

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