Unfortunately, also this year the demand for “healthcare help” registers a significant growth in statistical terms. Indeed, as many as 427,177 were the people who, during 2023, requested assistance from one of the 1,892 organisations affiliated with Banco Farmaceutico to obtain free treatment and medicines, thus highlighting a 10.6% increase compared to 2022 (386,253).
The picture emerges from 11th Report Donare per curare – Povertà Sanitaria e Donazione Farmaci (“Donating to cure – Health Poverty and Donation of Drugs”), created thanks to the support of IBSA Farmaceutici and ABOCA and presented at the conference promoted by Banco Farmaceutico and AIFA, the Italian Medicines Agency, on December 5.
Health poverty is worsening due to the general increase in the cost of living, caused by inflation, which determines a reduction in individual well-being, which in turn affects people’s health. Furthermore, the various crises that have followed one another, caused first by the pandemic, then by the war in Ukraine and, finally, by the recent conflict in the Middle East, further eroded the ability of low-income families to dedicate resources to health and medicines, thus generating difficulties even for those belonging to the so-called middle class.