The medical devices sector in Italy has been struggling for several months now as the Government is retroactively demanding that sellers of medical devices refund a quota of the excessive expenses sustained by the regional health systems during the years 2015-2018.
In fact, following a law decree enacted in August 2022, businesses and companies that won public tenders and provided Italian hospitals with medical devices from 2015 and onwards have been requested to turn back to the Regions part of the relating income, for a total amount of more than 2 billion euros.
In December 2022, Regions issued decrees ordering that the medical devices operators pay their respective quotas of the so-called “payback” contribution by the end of January 2023.
However, hundreds of claims were filed before the Administrative Court of Rome and the Government decided to postpone the payment deadline to 30 April 2023.
As the payment deadline draws closer, it appears that on yesterday’s Council of Ministers the Government issued a new law decree providing for a (still unspecified) discount in favour of businesses and companies that waive all claims and pay the discounted contribution by 30 June 2023.
While this new law decree is yet to be published on the Official Journal, it seems likely that the compromise reached at political level will not satisfy the expectations of several companies operating in the medical devices sector, meaning that the challenge is far from over.