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)
Short-lenght visitors from another EU country (the EHIC card – European Health Insurance Card).
EU citizens who plan to stay more can transfer their home country coverage with a S1 Form and enrol in Italian Public Health Service with no extra expenses.
Foreign citizens from EU or with regular residence 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. When you enrol the Public Health Service, you will be asked to choose your general practitioner ( medico di base, your family doctor) to get free consultations, referrals and prescription refills.