There’s a great deal of public awareness in Italy about celiac disease. All Italian children are tested for it by the age of six. That’s how Filippo learned he had the disease.
If they test positive, the government offers considerable benefits into adulthood. Celiac patients receive extra time off work to prepare gluten-free food. They also get vouchers to buy it, up to 140 euros per month.
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