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Italy shows a progressive decline in its family doctors

A report presented by the National Institute of Statistics (Istat) before the Senate Culture Commission, based on the latest computed data corresponding to 2021, also shows that the proportion of doctors with more than 1,500 patients has reached 42.1 percent, the upper limit.

This figure is higher than the 27.3 percent recorded in 2012, which shows the extent to which health personnel have decreased in just one decade, a progressive shortage that is equally appreciated in all areas of this European country. , as highlighted in the document.

In comparison between the countries of the European Union (EU), the number of Italian family doctors per 100 thousand inhabitants is lower than 72.8 in Germany, 74.8 in Austria, 94.4 in Spain, and 96.6 in France.

However, in terms of specialists, this country has 328.3 per 100 thousand inhabitants, a number higher than Austria (300.7), Spain (277.6), and France (180), but lower than Germany (349.5).

The total number of Italian doctors per 100 thousand inhabitants is 410.4, which places this country in 14th place in the regional community, with a lower number than that observed in Austria, Germany, and Spain, with 540.9, 453.0, and 448.7, respectively, although higher than France, with 318.3, and Belgium, with 324.8.

On the other hand, Italian doctors have the highest average age in the EU, according to data recorded in 2021, as 55.2 percent of them are 55 years of age or older, while the respective percentages of those French, German, and Spanish doctors are 44.5, 44.1, and 32.7 percentage points.

In particular, cardiologists, gynecologists, internal physicians, psychiatrists, and surgeons over 54 years of age exceeded 50 percent, and among the latter, especially, the percentage reached 58.6 points.

Among the Italian medical specialties with the highest rate of aging are those in emergency care, with a proportion of those over 54 years of age increasing from 26 to 41.8 percent between 2012 and 2022, while among oncologists it grew from 23.7 to 41.8 percent. 32.8 points, and among geriatricians, from 32.8 to 45.2 percent, the source added.

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