The Italian National Healthcare Service (SSN – Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) is the public, tax-funded medical assistance, organized and regulated by the Ministry of Health and administered through regional authorities. To access the Italian National Healthcare Service you must hold a valid Tessera Sanitaria (Italian Health Insurance Card) or the equivalent from another EU country (the EHIC card – European Health Insurance Card).
Foreign citizens with regular stay permit are fully entitled to the same rights and treatment as any Italian citizen.
In Milano, public healthcare is provided through regional health units called ATS (Health Protection Agency) and public hospitals.
Public medical assistance includes a network of primary care physicians and pediatricians. You will be asked to choose your public practitioner ( medico di base, your personal doctor) to get free consultations, referrals and prescription refills.