With each doctor visit here in Italy, makes me more disgusted by the health care system here. The Italian health care system is a welfare system, meaning everyone is covered and doctor visits etc are covered by the State, or have a low co-pay. Ok that is all fine and dandy, but lacks in organization. For example, my orthodontist wanted a panoramic x-ray of my mouth. So he wrote a “prescription” which I had to take to my family doctor for him to write an actual prescription then I had to take that to the local hospital, make an appointment for the x-ray. Return for the appointment, go back to the hospital a few days later to pick up the x-ray and take it to my orthodontist. This is normal, even for a simple blood test.
Then there’s the hospital itself. Thankfully I’ve never had to spend any amount of serious time there. Mainly just to visit a family member and the occasional test. I’d be horrified to be an actual patient in the hospital. The buildings themselves look like something out of a 1950’s or 60’s horror film. If hospitals looked like that in the States, they for sure would be either condemned or who know’s what else. Once my Italian mother-in-law was in the hospital for a few days, she shared a room with three other patients, with no bathroom in the room, they had to go down the hall to use the restroom. When my sister-in-law had her daughter, the bedframe had rust on it, and she was in one of the “better” hospitals in Milan.