Just returned from Italy where (as a guest of the Bruno Leoni Institute) I spoke in Rome, Genoa, and Milan on the issue of Evidence Based Medicine. Why Italy? Because, as in many other EU nations, the issue of "saving" money by restricting formularies has reached epidemic proportions. Patients are unhappy. Doctors are unhappy. And officials (both elected and career) are frightened -- as they should be after watching what's going in the UK and Germany --that denying health care will, inevitably, become a political hot potato. After all, as one Italian official said to me, "Why should the Heath Minister behave like the junior Finance Minister?"
Here is how the Italian media reported on both my visit and this urgent transatlantic public health issue:
From Il Giornale
And Il Tempo
And, yes, the food was magnificent.