Food / Health

Italy shocked by WHO warning on “cancer-causing” meat

  You can expect everything regarding food to draw much attention in Italy, and this was the case for a report by the World Health Organization on the link between meat and cancer. According to the UN Agency, processed meats are cancer-causing and red meats are also likely to cause cancer. The announcement caused consternation in Italy, since the country … Continue reading


The Italian schools could throw out unvaccinated children

The Italian Ministry of Health could issue an Order forbidding school from enrolling children which did not take the compulsory vaccinations. Moreover, medics advising patients against taking such vaccinations could be subject to sanctions. The new measures under consideration were announced by Ranieri Guerra, the Director-General for Prevention of the Ministry. An alarming decrease in the vaccination rate … Continue reading

Culture / Health / Society

“Alarming” decrease in vaccinations in Italy

The Italian Higher Health Institute and the Italian Pediatrics Association warned that a growing number of people are not vaccinating themselves or their sons, even snubbing compulsory vaccinations. Dr Alberto Villani, the Director of the Pediatric Ward of Rome’s Hospital “Bambin Gesù”, told the newspaper La Repubblica that the decrease in vaccinations has already been causing … Continue reading

Economy / Health

What is a “counter drug” in Italy

In Italy a “counter drug”, sometimes referred also as “C Category drug”, is a drug that can be sold without a medical prescription. Despite being relatively innocuous, counter drugs can be sold nearly exclusively in pharmacies. Many observers argue that drugs could be cheaper if they were sold also elsewhere, for example in supermarkets. Indeed, … Continue reading


Italian National Health Service to cut “superfluous” clinical examinations

Italy is proud of its National Health Service, but at the same time admits that it is no immune to episodes of gross mismanagement, which should be tackled to spare public money. The Ministry of Health is working on a Decree which will include a long list of clinical examinations at risk of inappropriate prescription. Medics requiring such … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Health

The Italian “Compulsory Medical Treatment”

The suspicious death of a young man who was being rushed to a psychiatric ward put  the Compulsory Medical Treatment under the spotlight in Italy. The Italian Constitution allows compulsory medical treatments “in the cases established by the law”; and indeed a 1978 Law regulates them. Only “mentally ill” people can be subject to CMT. A Compulsory … Continue reading

Economy / Health / Politics

The regionalisation of the Italian National Health Service

The Italian National Health Service was established in the Seventies to put an end to the previous system based on mutual insurance under which people belonging to different professional categories had different health rights. Despite its name, the National Health Service is not very national since it is largely managed by the Regional Governments under … Continue reading