The labour market in Italy is constantly changing with a polarisation of working conditions. The workforce is more and more heterogeneous and the non-standard forms of employment are growing. Over the last years, various theoretical and analytical researches have investigated the relationship between precarious work and health disorders. Starting from an overview of the existing literature, in this paper the authors analysed health inequalities and access to health services among Italian precarious workers, using "IT-SILC" (Italian Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) from 2004 to 2015. The study investigated the differences in self-perceived state of health and in access to out of pocket payments for health services or for therapeutic treatments between precarious workers and fulltimers. Comparison with previous studies has allowed us to define an updated picture of the phenomenon. By comparing the temporal and geographical trends, the authors observed a significant impact of the crisis, which has aggravated the disadvantage of precarious as compared with the stable ones. At the regional level, the most critical situation occurs in the southern regions, where indicators appear generally less favorable, along with an acute disadvantage of precarious workers.
Keywords: Precarious worker, full-timers, health inequalities, access to health services, IT-SILC, economic crisis