Health&Hospitals in Italy

Ermeneia, Aiop

Health&Hospitals in Italy

19ht Annual report 2021

The “Health&Hospitals” Report provides an annual overview and interpretation of the performance of the Italian hospital system. This year, two separate surveys have been conducted: the first one focuses in an unprecedented way on those people who have been infected and have since recovered, while the second one has the goal to evaluate the indirect impact the pandemic has had on non-Covid patients who have suffered cancellations or delays to treatments, with inevitable knock-on consequences in terms of their current and future state of health.

Pagine: 240

ISBN: 9788835141723

Edizione:1a edizione 2022

Codice editore: 10035.14

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The "Health&Hospitals" Report provides an annual overview and interpretation of the performance of the Italian hospital system. Regulated partly by public law and partly by private law, the system as a whole is conceived as a mixed public-private system and is recognized and governed by the Legislative Decree 502, issued in 1992.
With a total of 187 thousand patient beds (131 thousand in public hospitals and 56 thousand in private accredited hospitals), Italy's hospital system handles 8 million admissions per year, resulting in 57.5 million in-hospital days overall. Public expenditure of 65.9 billion Euros is paid into the system, accounting for 56.3% of public health spending as a whole.
From the outset, the Report opted to focus on two aspects most, analyzed by the third-party organization independently conducting the surveys: the first aspect concerns the dynamics (whether positive or problematic) affecting hospital services, whilst the second examines the opinions and feedback of citizens and users in relation to the above services.
In 2021, hospital and local health systems were forced to handle two tension factors. The first concerns the quantitative and qualitative disparities (neither of which is new) between services delivered to people living in different territories. As a result, 21 Regional Health Services were formed as opposed to a single, relatively uniform National Health Service: a phenomena that have started well before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The second tension factor (a recent event) concerns all the problems involved in striking a balance between the services delivered to infected people and those delivered (or yet to be delivered) to ordinary patients: the latter have suffered as a result of the backlog in cancelled/postponed treatments from 2020 and subsequently 2021, whilst the fourth wave of the pandemic generated a further burden for hospital admissions, particularly amongst the unvaccinated.
This year, two separate surveys have been conducted: the first one focuses in an unprecedented way on those people who have been infected and have since recovered (albeit in many cases with problems linked to long Covid), while the second one has the goal to evaluate the indirect impact the pandemic has had on non-Covid patients who, for two consecutive years, have suffered cancellations or delays to treatments, with inevitable knock-on consequences in terms of their current and future state of health.
Since 2020, this two-fold emergency helped foster greater cooperation between public and private accredited hospital facilities, enhancing ways in which the latter could work alongside the former. This has opened up the way to a potential Alliance, which will hopefully make it possible to catch up on the backlog of services for those non-Covid patients currently on a waiting list, a category that has increased due to the pandemic.
But it is equally important to promote this Alliance in order to cover the many areas shared by both types of medical facilities. Only together, they can face the review of the hospital system, considered as part of a broader effort in protecting and promoting health. After the deeply-felt effects of the spending review, the aim should be to restore a funding level in line with other OECD countries and to wisely invest the resources from the national recovery plan (PNRR): all this will breathe new life into the National Health Service making it more in touch with patient needs and, at the same time, more efficient when it comes to managing its resources.

Ermeneia - Studi & Strategie di Sistema
is a company that specializes in providing analytical and consulting activities to trade associations and public and private clients, including those operating in the healthcare service sector, who are actively redesigning their presence and operational methods to remain in step with progressive changes in Italy.

AIOP - Associazione Italiana Ospedalità Privata
(Italian Association of Private Hospitals) is a trade association that represents hospital facilities of the privately-operated component of the NHS and private healthcare facilities, throughout every region of Italy, which employ just over 72,000, accounting for 11% of the operators of the entire system, who provide hospital services to 15% of patients.

Note
Barbara Cittadini, Presentation
Part One. The difficult balance (that needs to be found) between Covid patients and non-Covid patients
The Further Development of a "Dual-Nature" Hospital System
(The successful experience of Italy's mixed public and private NHS system, and how this has contributed to dealing with the pandemic through advantageous alliances; The continual increase of the average values of the complexity and effectiveness of hospital services; Two tension factors present in the system: one pre-Covid and one in the Covid period)
A pandemic experience that cuts across the emergencies experienced by both Covid and non-Covid patients
(A challenging treatment path declared by Covid patients, with some "regret"; Divergences and convergences of behaviors, attitudes and priorities of care between Covid patients and the general public; The penalization of non-Covid patients in terms of access and, therefore, the postponement of regular services; A more mature socialization of the pandemic by the general public and by Covid patients, but with a marked polarization across the board)
The importance of knowing how to invest resources to rethink the National Health Service, enhancing the contribution of public and accredited operators
(The (slow) progress of the alliance between public and private hospitals brought about by the pandemic; The extraordinary impact of Covid-19 on the financial statements of public Hospital Centers as part of the annual monitoring of the related budgets)
Part Two. Statistical indicators
Facility data
(The presence of the public and private component institutions of the National Health Service; Bed distribution; Medical equipment)
Activity data
(In-hospital days and patient bed occupancy rate; Types of admissions and discharges; Prevalent DRGs; Activities classified according to major diagnostic categories; Activities classified according to specialty; A brief summary of the "waves" of the Covid-19 virus; Services lost; Patient mobility)
Staff information
(Staff fluctuation over the years; Staff distribution throughout Italy)
Spending data
(Economic flow trends over the years; Health expenditure comparisons)
Appendices
(Methods applied; The complete list of contents of the 2021 Report).

Contributi: Barbara Cittadini

Collana: Aiop - Associazione italiana ospedalità privata - Open Access

Argomenti: Medicina, sanità

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