There is a common misconception in the US that health care in all other developed countries is financed by a single payer system and is associated with long wait times and severe rationing of services – “It’s all socialized medicine out there”. This generalization is highly inaccurate, both with regard to the financing mechanism and the access to and quality of care. Conversely, as one explores the systems in individual countries, it is easy to get confused by the details.
Answer the following questions by analyzing the Beveridge Model in Italy:
1. Describe the financing mechanism for providing health insurance in Italy – that is, what is the
distribution/sources of funds used to provide health care coverage?
a. Are there different mechanisms depending on age, employment status, income, other?
2. How are decisions made about what services and medications will be covered in Italy?
3. How is the private insurance market organized and regulated in Italy?
4. How is the IT system organized in Italy?
5. What features of the health care systems should the US consider adopting, as a way to bend the