Healthcare is very important in Italian society because the system in place works extremely hard to ensure that its citizens are maintaining quality health, preventing and managing diseases, and living long 😃 (as evidenced by the average life expectancy of 83 years). Italy might suffer from high unemployment and an unstable job market, but its people are some of the healthiest in the world. Italians have significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol than Americans and an overall less stressful lifestyle.
*According to TreeHugger
, "The Global Health Index looked at 163 countries. It calculated a ‘health score’, based on likeliness of mortality by disease or injury, life expectancy at various ages, and probability of survival at key times. From this score is subtracted ‘health risk penalties,’ which measure damaging behavioral factors (i.e. smoking, obesity, and childhood malnutrition) and environmental factors (i.e. pollution and lack of clean drinking water). The final result is a ‘health grade.’