Italy: health system review 2022

Italians can expect to live long lives but changes in health behaviours can further lower morbidity and mortality
Life expectancy has continued to increase and reached 83.6 years in 2019 but fell temporarily in 2020 because of the number of deaths due to COVID-19. The main causes of death in Italy are cardiovascular diseases and cancer, like in most other high-income countries, and as of 2020, infectious respiratory disorders. Regional differences in health indicators are marked and behavioural risk factors such as dietary habits, alcohol and tobacco consumption are major drivers of morbidity: they account for about one-third of all deaths. Read more here.