The paper aims to analyse the financial requirements of social enterprises operating in the health sector, so as to test their sustainability and duration. This is required to assess the possibility of integrating the supply of public health supply and of not-for-profit organisations within a subsidiarity framework. In the first part of the paper, the actual demand for private health services is highlighted. In the second part, the paper presents a multivariate analysis of financial indicators of social enterprises (belonging to a wellknown network) and of a sample of private companies. The focus of the paper is to point out the gap in the financial performances between for-profit and not-forprofit companies regarding only the conditions for the existence of the latter.
Keywords: Social enterprise, financial requirements, principal component analysis, private health care demand