The state of health of the Piedmontese health system

“There is no risk of a Piedmontese health commissioner. Despite the difficulties of 2021, the second year marked by the pandemic and its impact, the Piedmontese health care income statement is in balance, with a total cost of around 9.5 billion euros, thanks to the great effort put in place by the Region with the support of all the local health authorities”. This was stated by the health adviser Luigi Icardi at the opening of the session of the Health Committee, chaired by Alessandro Steccomet for the expression of the advisory opinion on the financial budget 2022-2024 in relation to matters of competence.

“Based on the data collected in the fourth quarter – explained the commissioner – against an additional expense of 476.4 million euros, the Regional Health Service is in balance with assets of 24.8 million euros , the result of compensation carried out mainly with regional resources”.

In particular, 1/3 of the resources received from the State (134 million) were used and 2/3 of the resources recovered from the Region and the health authorities (342.4 million), via its regional health fund and the salvage revenue from pharmaceutical companies. to the Regions following the overrun of the drug expenditure ceiling (131.2 million), savings, accounting optimizations and donations (91.2 million) and drawing on their own ERDF resources (120 million).

“A huge effort for the energies of the Region – he underlined – which also had to face in 2021 the social and health costs of the pandemic: 648 million euros, this is the price paid by the Service Piedmontese health sector to deal with Covid last year, a figure of which only half (about 333 million) was compensated by state resources, while the rest (315 million euros) was fully supported by the Region and the local health authorities”.

“It is already clear – he added – that the Government’s contribution will be decisive in facing 2022, since the Regions have pulled out all the stops to make ends meet in 2021. The increase in energy costs and the many challenges ahead will weigh heavily on future costs: the unknown of a possible resurgence of the pandemic; the resumption of ordinary activities, penalized by two years of health emergency; the need to reduce waiting lists and develop the territorial medicine network; empower health personnel through stabilization and rotation, enhance the new structures that will be built with PNNR funds, which without adequate personnel risk remaining state-of-the-art but empty structures”.

The discussion was opened by Marco Grimaldi (Luv), to which the commissioner replied that “there are currently approximately 1,150 health professionals who have acquired the right to stabilization. It will be a gradual stabilisation, which we are discussing with the unions”.

FOR Dominique Rossistepped in for the Democratic Party with Raffaele Gallo, Monique Canalis And Domenico Ravettithe Commissioner pointed out that “with its 1,050 specialization scholarships, Piedmont has tripled in recent years compared to those granted by the Ministry. However, it was found that not all positions have been filled and that we must intervene at the national level to increase the number of limited staff”.

Sara Zambia (Lega) thanked the commissioner for his commitment and his work, highlighting how “the current legislature is coping with emergency after emergency. We cannot think that the management of the pandemic weighs only on the shoulders of the regional budget and we hope that the Government will do what the Regions are asking for”.

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