The Italian health system and COVID-19

Some worrying parallels between Italy and Australia’s health system challenges, as outlined in this commentary in The Lancet:

There are lessons to be learned from the current COVID-19 pandemic. First, the Italian decentralisation and fragmentation of health services seems to have restricted timely interventions and effectiveness, and stronger national coordination should be in place. Second, health-care systems capacity and financing need to be more flexible to take into account exceptional emergencies. Third, in response to emergencies, solid partnerships between the private and public sector should be institutionalised. Finally, recruitment of human resources must be planned and financed with a long-term vision.

Source: The Italian health system and the COVID-19 challenge – The Lancet

Reminds me of most of the Deeble Institute briefs I’ve read over the past decade.