Healthcare System

Healthcare System Italy – Information on the Italian national health service and details on how to register and benefit from the system…

Healthcare System Italy – National health insurance in Italy is managed by the National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale – SSN) and funded through direct taxation (IRPEF and IRAP) as well as indirect taxation such as VAT and excise taxes on petrol.

Registration is handled at a local level by the Local Health Authority Service (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, ASL) which issues a social security number and a health card (Tessera Sanitaria). This entitles the holder to low or no-cost treatment. Hospital services are provided free and a 75 percent reduction is given on the cost of outpatient and some dental treatment. The addresses of ASL’s are displayed outside Pharmacies. Some ASL regional offices have their own websites with online services and contact details. Milan has the largest Health Authority: ATS Milano

Detailed information on accessing the Italian Healthcare system (PDF) from the SSN

Note: Regardless of coverage, emergency treatment is available at free or low-cost to anyone in need in Italy.

Information on who is eligible to register with the Italian National Health Service…

EU and non-EU nationals making National Insurance contributions can register with the National Health Service (SSN) and are entitled to the same health care and equal treatment as Italian citizens.

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The procedures and requirements when registering for a health insurance card in Italy…

To obtain a health insurance card (Tessera Sanitaria) it is necessary to visit the local Health Service (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, ASL). Those who are employed or self-employed can enrol as soon as contributions are paid into the Italian National Insurance system.

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