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The "random" cuts affect the excellence of the biomedical sector

Other than relaunching the Mirandola pole. Affected in the heart by the earthquake in Emilia, left without resources for reconstruction, the Italian biomedical companies, which created the miracle of true Italian excellence right in Mirandola, have also been targeted by the government's stability law.

Over a billion new cuts, proposed yesterday by the Government's bill that landed on the tables of the Council of Ministers. In addition to the almost 2 billion already vanished with the July spending review, launched just two months after the earthquake. And who knows if the contrary position of the Minister of Health, Renato Balduzzi, then led to more lenient advice from government colleagues.

On the altar of "good public spending", which has always and rightly seen health care in the eye of the storm, there is in fact the risk of consuming a disease worse than the one it seeks to cure. With potential, dangerous effects on the health of citizens. And with devastating repercussions on the entire healthcare production chain and on employment in the sector. As has happened on several occasions for pharmaceuticals. And as they are now insisting on doing with repeated blows to biomedical companies operating in Italy. Those that, say, supply the health service with CT scans, MRI scans, pace makers, laboratory reagents, syringes, prostheses, diapers. In short, of course, everything that drives the health care machine, sometimes with methods and purchase prices that are out of line.

But there is a limit to everything. And hitting and hitting doesn't pay. The imperfections of the spending review are there for all to see and the local administrators themselves do not know how to extricate themselves from the mess that has arisen. While businesses complain about world record payment delays. On average, the health service pays bills in 292 days. But in Calabria we need 951, in Molise 879, in Campania 748 and 343 in Puglia. While Lombardy pays in 99 days and little Trentino in 89 days. But what about the ASL of central Naples which reimburses biomedical suppliers in 1,836 days, a good 5 years? What about the Federico II hospital (again in Naples) which employs 1,675, and the San Sebastiano hospital in Caserta where there are 1,419 days of late payments? Meanwhile, the outstanding credit of biomedical companies has risen to almost 5.2 billion.

Other than a relaunch, other than a push towards innovation, other than rewarding the excellence and hi-tech that envy us. If we then think, the worst never ends, that in the meantime, again with the stability law (even at the same time as Balduzzi's "health decree"), the one-year extension of the block on foreclosures in the Regions under the repayment plan also appeared for the whole of 2013. One more beating, right there where credits (and debts) soar.

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