HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN ITALY: THE CAUSES OF THE CAUSES
Italy has one of the more universal health system in the globe. Nevertheless, health inequalities are evident when one considers any health outcome. Both morbidity and mortality are much higher among the less educated – lower income part of the population. The “closer” reasons are quite clear: behavioral risk factors are much worse among this part of the population as we will see presenting some data from the Italian risk factor surveillance system “PASSI”. In addition, trends are not positive for many indicators, with some exceptions. Starting from these latter, we would like to share some reflections on the causes of the causes of these inequalities, i.e., on the mechanism that, eventually, produce a worse health for the lower classes.