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Health Care

Your private health insurance should cover your medical needs for the entire period you are in Italy.

With regards to registration with the Italian National Health Service- NHS (SSN, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) you should go to the Local Health Unit (ASL, Azienda Sanitaria Locale) in your residential area (or to any Local Health Unit) with your health insurance and residence permit. Otherwise, you can go to the Medical Guard or to the First Aid centre at the nearest hospital where you will be treated.

 If your private insurance covers medical care for a 3 month period only, from the 91st day onwards it is possible to voluntarily register with the National Health Service (NHS).The NHS gives you the same status as any Italian national in terms of access to medical services which include:

  • Access to a general practitioner (whose services are free of charge)
  • Free access to first aid hospital services
  • Access to day-hospitals
  • Access to surgical procedures in all public structures
  • Access to blood tests and other analyses, examinations and specialist visits for which you must pay a reduced tax (ticket).

Registration with the NHS requires an annual tax of about € 149.You can make this payment in any post office and it must be made out to “Amministrazione P.T. – contributo Servizio Sanitario Nazionale”, C/C number 370007. You must also specify the reason of the payment: “iscrizione volontaria al Servizio Sanitario Nazionale”.
 For access to the NHS go to the Local Health Unit (ASL, Azienda Sanitaria Locale) in your area of residence with the payment of the NHS tax and choose your general practitioner from the list they will provide.Documents requested for the registration:

  • Certificate of residence or the application receipt from the municipality or self-certification;
  • Valid Identity Card and/or Passport;
  • Tax identification code (codice fiscale);
  • Name of the selected general practitioner;
  • Payment of € 149.77 to the Postal Office on c/c n. 370007;
  • Certificate of enrolment in a legally recognised university or self-certification.


What to do in case of health problems

For emergencies:• Call 118, the medical emergency toll free number (pronto soccorso).• Go to the hospital emergency ward:The staff there will assign you a colour code (white, yellow, green, red) according to the gravity of your situation. Patients will be taken care of in order of emergency and not of arrival. If medical staff assign you a white code, the waiting period could be very long. You should bring your health care card (tessera sanitaria) as well as your residence permit with you.If you have a medical emergency in the evening:

  • Call 118, the medical emergency toll free number (pronto soccorso).
  • Go to the hospital emergency ward
  • Go to the medical guard (Guardia Medica) open 24 hours a day.

Bring your residence permit and health care card with you.
 For minor health problems (flu, cold, etc.) you should see your general practitioner. Visits to a GP are free. Always bring your residence permit and health care card with you. For specialist visits (gynaecologist, dentist, etc.) your general practitioner will provide you with a referral called a “ticket”. You then need to call CUP (80 33 33) which is a call centre dedicated to booking medical appointments. You will need to provide the operator with your personal details, including your tax identification code and other information specified on the ticket. Besure to get a booking number from the operator before you hang up. For the medical appointment, remember to bring your residence permit and health care card with you. 

Outpatient clinics for foreigners

Presidio Nuovo Regina MargheritaVia Morosini, 30

Tel: 06 7730 6650This Emergency outpatient clinic caters specifically to tourists and foreigners in need of urgent medical care.

Opening hours are from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday
Website (Italian):  Referral Centre for Lazio Region

San Gallicano Hospital

Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, 52 (ground level)

Tel: 06 5854 3731
The Referral Centre for the Lazio Region is organised by the NIHP (National Institute for Health Migration and Poverty). NIHP services are open to Italian and foreign citizens with health problems, particularly those affected by dermatological, infectious, ophthalmic, gynaecological, neuropsychiatric, psychological, internistic and surgical disorders.

 Opening Hours:From Monday to Sunday from 8am – 1pm (reception from8 – 11am)- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday also in the afternoon from2 – 5pm (reception from 2 – 5pm)

The Services of the Outpatient Department can be accessed directly:- No reservation or doctors referral needed- Medical prescription is optional

Before medical examination, you may use the cultural mediation service that is able to provide you with information and answer your questions in over 30 different languages.Website: