We are one of the countries with the highest life expectancies and we are getting closer and closer to triple digits. There are several reasons why we have this record.
People in the street (Pixabay)
Apparently, we are not only a people of saints, navigators and heroes, but also of… old people. It’s true, life expectancy continues to increase and the average is one of the highest in the world.
This is certainly excellent news, which is also a mirror of our way of life and the so battered public health situation. Compared to twenty years ago, the difference is significant and the experts of the Italian Federation of Health Care and Hospitals thought of analyzing it at a congress held last week.
The Italian figure was found to be higher than that of Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden, being only slightly second after that of Spain. So let’s see in detail how we came to have such a significant primacy.
Life expectancy: Italy ranks first in Europe. The reasons
At the July 5 conference “30 Years Serving Citizens: The CEO of Public Health Enterprises”, speakers highlighted how the country’s average has increased by about 4 years over the past twenty years, from from 79.9 years in 2000 to 83.6 in 2019. A notable difference: “The international comparison documents a good state of health of the Italian population, and one of the highest life expectancies” they declared.
And that’s not the only good news: neonatal mortality has also undergone a significant change, this time down. In 2000 it was 3.5 per thousand, while in 2019 it was 1.9 per thousand. With regard to the situation of hospital care, the results are positive, although in ten years the number of doctors and nurses has fallen by 5.6%.
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As Giovanni Migliore, president of Fiaso explained: “During the Covid-19 emergency, however, temporary workers were recruited who can now be hired thanks to the stabilization law. 10 regions out of 20 have already concluded agreements to proceed with permanent contracts”.