The Italian National Health Service (SSN - Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) provides all citizens with free of charge, or at very reduced fares, healthcare services such general practitioner assistance, pharmaceutical coverage, specialist and hospital care. 

The very high quality standards of the Italian healthcare system, and the excellent infrastructures displaced on the Milan area, make a very good idea to get enrolled with the SSN, even though you already have a private health insurance. 

 

STUDENTS FROM EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA AND FROM SWITZERLAND

- if you stay in Italy for less than 3 months, and you feel not to go thought any bureaucratic step, please keep in mind that you are entitled with free assistance at local practices and at the emergency rooms of the hospitals simply by showing your valid ID and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC / TEAM) of the State of origin.

-if you stay in Italy for more than 3 months you can transfer your national insurance in Italy: obtain in your country of origin the S1 formissued by your local health authority and present it to the ASST office ( at the "ufficio estero" desk) ("Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale) competent on the area in which you reside.   

Enrolment in the SSN is valid for one year from the date of application and you can renew the enrolment until the expiration date stated on the S1 form.

 

NON-EU STUDENTS: VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION

(VALID ALSO FOR EU STUDENTS WITHOUT A S1 FORM)

 

You can voluntarily enroll in the SSN and benefit of its services, by paying a relatively inexpensive fee:

For students with no dependents is €149.77 / year.
For students with dependents is €387.34/ year.
 

Present yourself at the nearest ASST ( at the "ufficio estero" or at the "scelta e revoca" desk) desk in Milan with the following:

  1. Proof of payment of the SSN fee made at the closest post office.
  1. Passport/ID card
  2. Tax code
  3. Proof of enrollment in a course of study (e.g. "certificato di iscrizione" issued by your university /institute)
     

Enrolment in the SSN is valid for one solar year: from the 1st of January to 31st of December of the year in which you subscribe. You can renew the enrolment every solar year.