The Italian National Health Service (SSN, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) provides all residents with largely free health care, including general practitioner's visits and emergency care.

It provides pharmaceutical drugs, specialist visits, medical diagnostics for free or with a relatively small contribution to expenses, the so-called ticket.

In Italy, and particularly in the Milano area, the public health system provides high-quality services to all, no matter their economic resources. Even if you already have private health insurance, it is advisable to apply for public health care coverage.

Here we will tell you how to get covered by the National Health Service (SSN).

If you are in an Emergency, severe symptoms and need an ambulance, call 112

If you are not in an emergency but need medical assistance and/or you have Covid-19 related symptoms and need to undergo surveillance, call 116117 (assistential continuity/tourist assistance number) overnight and during weekends.

We wish to thank the ASST office:  Dipartimento Cure Primarie - UOSD Governo dell'Assistenza Indiretta e tutela del Cittadino for the information given.

Last updated: 27/07/2023

Students from European Union countries, the European Economic Area and from Switzerland

EHIC and S1

Students from European Union countries, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland:

- if you stay in Italy for a short period: there are no formalities to take advantage of health services in the Lombardy region: in case you need a visit or to go to the hospital, show a valid ID, and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC / TEAM) of the State of origin.

- if you settle in Italy for a longer period: you should register with the National Health Service. You can temporarily transfer your health coverage from your EU country to Italy to take advantage of Italian public healthcare like an Italian citizen, including a local general practitioner, by obtaining the S1 Form from your country of origin. Portable document S1 is issued by the competent authority in your country of origin and entitles you to transfer your health coverage in Italy for the period of your stay: start and expiry date are indicated on the form.

So our first tip is: if you are entitled to public health coverage in the EU, before coming to Milano for a long stay, remember to ask your local authorities to issue you the Europuen Health Insurance Card and the S1 Form for long stays. 

We are aware that often happens that students can't get an S1 form from their local authorities - according to the local policies or some other reason. In this case, you can can use EHIC during your stay as mentioned above, but as a temporary travel coverage it is not accepted to register as permanent resident in Milano.

EHIC is accepted as proof of healthcare coverage only for the registration as temporary resident with the EHIC.


How to enrol voluntarily, ONLINE, into the Italian NHS

Foreign Students without depending relatives, who wish to enroll voluntarily to the NHS, willl be able to submit the application online, and get a response via e-mail.

  1. Go to the application platform.


  2. When you open the platform, click on “PROSEGUI” on the bottom right. Select “Iscrizione al Servizio Sanitario Regionale - Studenti Extracomunitari” if it’s your first time enrolling. If you wish to renew your subscription, select “Rinnovo al Servizio Sanitario Regionale - Students Extracomunitari” (the last option).


  3. Once you selected the relevant option for you, click on “APRI RICHIESTA”.


  4. In this page, you’ll be asked if you already have a permit of stay/residence permit card.


  5. If you do or you are a citizen from the EU and Schengen area, go ahead and select “Sì, sono in possesso del Permesso di Soggiorno per Motivi di Studio o cittadino UE”.


  6. If you are still waiting for your residence permit card, select the other option “No, non sono ancora in possesso del Permesso di Soggiorno per Motivi di Studio”.


  7. Fill in the your personal information

    Nome: your name

    Cognome: your last name

    Codice fiscale: tax code

    Sesso: sex

    Luogo di nascita: place of birth, the country in which you were born

    Data di nascita: date of birth

    Nazionalità: nationality

    Domicilio / residenza estera: your domicile abroad

    Via di Domicilio / Residenza: street name

    Civico: street number

    Email and confirmation of your email

  8. Place your Italian phone number in “Cellulare” and click on “INVIAMI SMS CODICE DI CONFERMA”. You’ll receive a message on your phone with a code that you’re going to put in the following field: “Inserisci Codice di Conferma ricevuto via SMS”.


  9. In the following part of the form, you'll be asked to upload these documents (make a good pdf scan of each, front and back if applicable):

    If you have your permit of stay /residence permit card already, please upload a scan of it. If not, you’ll be asked to upload a scan of your passport personal data page and visa

    A scan of your Tax Code certificate or Tax Code card 

    Certificate of enrolment into your university

    The receipt of payment of your contribution 

    Self-certification of your domicile in Milano


  10. By clicking on “CLICCA QUI PER CONSULTARE L’ELENCO MEDICI DAL SITO ATS MILANO” you’ll be able to see which doctors are available in your area. Choose three preferred doctors and place their name and last name in “Inserisci Nome e Cognome del Medico”.


Accept the privacy policy and click on “INVIA PRATICA” to submit your application.

You will get a reply via e-mail in days from the Scelta e Revoca office.

Pay your contribution at the Post office step by step

You will pay  your contribution at the post office.

  1. Get a ticket in advance by signing up on the Ufficio Postale app, go to an ufficio postale and check in with the qr code at the machine at the entrance. Your call number will be put on the waiting list.
    You can also show up at the Post office and get your call number at the machine.

  2. In the Ufficio postale you will find blank payment slips (usually at the info desk or at the tables inside the waiting area)

  3. Fill in the  "Bollettino Postale" payment form. The contribution must be paid on the postal account 379222, in the name of (a favore di:) "P.T. REGIONE LOMBARDIA", reason for the payment (causale): “iscrizione al SSN anno…[write the year of coverage e. g. 2023] 
    Write also your personal data and go to the counter to pay, in cash or bank cards. You will get the payment slip, stamped by the post office, as a receipt of payment.

  4. Make a scan of the receipt for the application process

Find a GP near to you

And make a shortlist of 3 options

You can go to this link and see available general practitioners (look for MMG doctors) (green dot) in your area.

You may also ask neighbours classmates and friends to suggest the name of a general practictioner in the area

When doctors have reached their maximum patients capacity, the dot is red

For the purpose of enrolling in the NHS, the Scelta e Revoca office will ask you for a choice of three GPs in case your first choice is unavailable. 

How to tell if the GP can speak English/my language? (Atm, there is no way to tell from the database. However, you can see the birth date and the graduation date on a doctor's file: younger doctors have a better chance to be able to speak English)

Make a shortlist of 3 GPs (first, second and third choice) in your area for the application process 

Confirmation of your enrollment

After your application, ou will get an e-mail from the office, confirming that you have been enrolled for the year and the name of your doctor. 

You should get the health card at home via post (make sure your mailbox has your name on it).

TIP: Update Revenue Agency records

especially 'tax domicile" before going to the appointment

Since 'Scelta e Revoca' officers pick up your domicile data (address) from the revenue office tax code database.

Many students, who have got their tax code from the Consular office or through their university, need to update this record.

It is fundamental that you update the address "tax domicile" on tax records and that the address you give on the enrolment form and the address on your tax records are the same.

You can do so by using this form as "change of data and providing the new 'tax domicile' - your address in Milano. Submit the form via e-mail along with a copy of your ID to the nearest Revenue Agency branch ("Ufficio Territoriale") by stating that you need an update of your tax domicle to allow your enrollment in NHS / SSN

For one-to-one support, please take an appointment at the One-Stop-Shop

How to enrol in- person into the Italian NHS

Students with dependants, Doctorates, Researchers, and Italians from abroad (see below)

You can voluntarily enroll in the SSN and benefit from its services, by paying a (relatively inexpensive) fee, or "contribution".

Enrolment in SSN entitles you to have a general practitioner and benefit from public healthcare services (on the Italian territory only).

The voluntary registration (registrazione volontaria) validity period always starts on 1/1 and expires on 31/12 of the current solar year, no matter when you enroll.

For students without dependents, the cost is €149.77 per solar year.

For people who are no longer students, researchers not enrolled as students, and students with dependent family members*, the minimum contribution is 7,50% over the past year's income up to € 20.658,28 and 4% on income between € 20.658,28 and  € 51.645.69. If you had no income in the previous year, the minimum amount applies:€387.34 per solar year.

The contribution must be paid in one single payment.

It is never retroactive nor fractionable (that means: they are not taking charge of any event before the date of enrolment and that you can't enroll for a part of the solar year only).


This is the step-by-step procedure for voluntary enrolment in public health services:

  1. Find the ASST office ("Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale" - it is the administrative entity that manages local health services) competent in the area where you reside. Areas of competence are based on the "Municipal" (Municipi are the smaller administrative zones of Milano, often shown with a number). 
    Try to find out in which "Municipio" you live: ask your landlord, a neighbor, or any shop owner nearby... or look up this map. Then you may make an appointment in person at the "Scelta e Revoca" office - the department in charge of assigning and changing General practitioners to citizens and enrolling new users.

    You can access "Scelta e Revoca" offices by taking an appointment online (see below)

  2. Go to the post office, get and fill in one blank "Bollettino Postale" payment form. The contribution must be paid on the postal account 379222, in the name of (a favore di:) "P.T. REGIONE LOMBARDIA", reason for the payment (causale): “iscrizione al SSN anno…[write the year of coverage]
  3. (See our .pdf SLIDES attached to this article for an example of how to fill in the postal payment slip.)
  4. Download the application form above (English Language, printouts are also available at the Scelta e Revoca counter) and fill it in with your data: 
    If you are a student on your own, fill it in until LUMP SUM PAYMENT: € 149,77 and skip to date and signature.
    If you wish to register with dependant family members fill in also the second part of the form about family members and income declaration. (If in doubt, ask the Scelta e Revoca staff for instructions)
  5. On your appointment
    • Students from European Union countries, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland that applies voluntarily:
      • Bring with you: an application form, tax code, valid identity document (both in original plus one photocopy) and a self-certification of residence/domicile, and receipt of payment of the contribution.
    • Students from non-European countries already in possession of a residence permit for study:
      • Bring with you: an application form, passport, residence permit, tax code (in original and one photocopy), certificate of enrollment in the course of study, and receipt of payment of the contribution.
    • Students from non-European countries in possession of the application receipt for a residence permit for study only (some limitations apply*):
      • you will need to bring: your passport, tax code, entry visa for study reasons, the receipt/attestation of having applied for a residence permit (all in original, plus one photocopy), certificate of enrollment in the course of study (issued by your university /institute), receipt of payment of the contribution
      • *Please note: for students without an issued residence permit it is not possible to register any dependents.
      • *The voluntary registration is valid for 3 months and can be extended by providing the same documentation (via e-mail) to the Scelta e Revoca office, until obtaining the residence permit for study. 
        Once in possession of the actual residence permit, you may send to the Scelta e Revoca office a scan of the residence permit and the documentation and have it registered: the deadline for your coverage, then, will be set to 31 December of the current year.
  6. The officer will also assist you in choosing a local general practitioner in your area from a list You can also bring with you a shortlist of some GPs in your area. Please consider that GPs who have reached the maximum number of patients might not be available to choose from.
  7. As a result of the registration process, the officer will give you a paper document which must be shown as a health card at the time to request any health service.


Scelta e Revoca office

appointment booking platforms and contacts


Scelta e Revoca offices are the counters where you can choose and change your GP (and enroll in the Italian NHS)

Here are all the addresses:

If you live in Municipio (zone) 1,2,3,4,8. You will refer to with ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco offices, located in:

  • via Andrea Doria, 52 (M1, M2 Loreto)
  • via Bizzozzero (entrance for the public: Piazzale Accursio, 7) (Tram 14, 19)
  • via Serlio, 8 (MM3 Corvetto)
  • via Sassi, 4 (M1,M2, Trains Cadorna)
  • via Rugabella, 4/6 (M3 Missori)
  • via Don Luigi Orione, 2  (M2 Cimiano)
  • via Carlo.Farini, 9 (M5 Garibaldi, Tram 4, 2 )

For the above counters, book an appointment on: - → “scelta/revoca/cambio del medico” dove → “Milano”

Infoline (Italian language): 02.6363.4729/4446 mon-fri 8.30-13.30

info e-mail:


If you live in Municipio 6, 7. You will refer to with ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo offices, located in:

  • piazza Bande Nere, 3 ( M1 Bande Nere)
  • via Monreale, 13 (M5 Segesta)
  • via Masaniello, 23 (bus 67, 76)
  • via Stromboli, 19  (M2 Sant'Agostino)

For the above offices, book an appointment on: - → “scelta/revoca/cambio del medico” dove → “Milano”

Infoline (Italian language): 02.8184.7900/5609 da mon-fri 13.30 - 15.30

info e-mail:


If you live in Municipio 9. You will refer to with ASST Niguarda Ca'Granda offices, located in:

  • via Ippocrate, 45 (M3  Trains Affori FN)
  • viale Zara, 81 (M3 M5 Marche)
  • via Livigno, 2/a (M3 Maciachini Bus 90/91)

For the above offices, book an appointment on: 

infoline: 02.6444.5743 mon-fri 13.30 -15.15 - e-mail: 


It is a good idea to send your documents and doctors shortlist to the proper office over via e-mail to see if everything is ok.

Remember to include in the e-mail your personal data, tax code, and telephone number.Specify in the subject that you are asking for information or an in-person appointment for the first enrollment (Appuntamento per prima iscrizione al SSN)

When you book, or there office need sto see you you'll be given a physical appointment at the scelta e revoca office to apply for it.


Appointment platforms for booking an appointment at Scelta e Revoca Offices

To book an appointment for Scelta e Revoca office in Zerocoda:

Go on the Zerocoda booking platform 

in Cosa vuoi prenotare? Choose Scelta / Revoca / Cambio del medico

in Dove? choose Milano and click on the magnifying glass icon 

A list of the available appointments will appear ( a map will show the location of the offices)

Choose the day and place, the time slot, fill in the form with your e-mail and Italian mobile number.


TIP: Renewal of voluntary subscription

Skip-the-queue tip for renewals: If you are already registered with SSN, renewals can be done also with some anticipation, provided you indicate on the payment slip the year for which you pay and you provide a certificate of enrollment in a course of study stating that you will be enrolled for the next year.

Send the usual documentation and the new payment receipt through the online application form or (if you belong to a category that has to apply in-person) your Scelta e Revoca office by e-mail and remember to write to the officers that you are renewing the enrolment for the subsequent year. 

What if I am a researcher?

Those, both EU and non-EU citizens, who are enrolled in an academic year for a research doctorate, and don't have dependent family members, are entitled to voluntary enrollment by paying the flat-rate contribution as students (see above).

Those researchers, both EU and non-EU, who are holders of research grants, postdoctoral scholarships and have signed with a University or research institution registered with M.I.U.R. a contract of self-employment, subordinate or research training scholarship (contratto di lavoro  autonomo / subordinato, borsa di addestramento di ricerca), even if they pay INPS contributions, are entitled to voluntary registration, paying the contribution, calculated on income received (7.50% up to € 20,658.27 + 4% on the remaining € 30,987.41 up to a maximum of € 51,646). See the following paragraph.

What if I am no longer a student?

free membership with in attesa occupazione+ DID or voluntary membership based on income

If you graduate and get the residence permit in attesa occupazione with DID (Declaration of availability to work), you will be enrolled mandatorily (with full coverage + you don't have to pay contribution) to the NHS for one year.


In all other cases, if you are no longer a student, e.g., you are on a research position, and you aren't yet employed or self-employed, you are entitled to voluntary registration.

In this case the contribution, is calculated on the previous year income (7.50% up to € 20,658.27 + 4% on the remaining € 30,987.41 up to a maximum of € 51,646).

If you didn't have any income in the previous year, the minimum contribution will be € 387.34.

As for students, voluntary registration, regardless of when it is activated, lasts until 31/12 of the year.

You will need to take an appointment in-person at the Ufficio Scelta e Revoca competent for your area closer to you. Some offices are just fine with receiving an e-mail from you wit a scan of all the documentation.

You can ask for information with them about how to proceed with your registration, stating that you need to apply for the voluntary enrollment while looking for employment. 

Documentation required:

  • Passport
  • Application form (see above)
  • receipt of payment of the contribution (to be paid at post office)
  • valid permit of stay or permit + renewal receipt
  • self-certification of residence (see above)
  • Italian tax code
  • a shortlist of 3 available GPs in your area

If you need to see that together, ask us for a One Stop Shop follow up: go to and click on the link "Click here to book a follow-up call" .

Important Notes:

The voluntary membership is valid all over the Italian territory only. 

If you travel or have a course in another EU country, you should get additional coverage, e.g. good travel insurance. 

Please also note:

Students from non-European countries with a bilateral agreement with Italy:

In general, bilateral social security agreements guarantee only urgent services for temporary stays except for pensioners and posted workers. Therefore it is advisable to register voluntarily with the methods specified above.

The voluntary registration with the SSN always expires on 31/12 of the current year, it is never retroactive nor fractionable and entitles the general practitioner and health services only on the Italian territory

For technical reasons, first-time applications must be done after the 1st of January of the year in which you want to enroll.

The voluntary registration with the SSN does not entitle you to:

a. Issue of the European Health Insurance Card (TEAM) 
b. Issuing of legal certificates required by bilateral agreements in force
c. Issue of the certificate according to art. 15 of Presidential Decree 618/80
d. Issue of portable document S2 (high specialization care abroad)

I am an Italian citizen from abroad, how can I enroll in the NHS?

free enrollment with Residence and DID

Usually, if you or your family did not pay contributions in Italy, you can have access to the voluntary membership for students (see above)


  • If you are an Italian citizen, and register your the residence in Milano you will be enrolled mandatorily (with full coverage + you don't have to pay contribution) to the NHS.
  • Use the application platform and select Prima iscrizione al servizio sanitario regional, click on Apri richiesta, select Cittadinanza Italiana, Maggiorenne, Residente. Click on Apri richiesta, fill out your personal details, attack clear pdf scan of your ID, Tax code,application receipt, certificate or self-certification of residence. and a shortlist of 3 GP.

  • If you are an Italian citizen living abroad and if you don't wish to register your residence in Milano, you can enroll voluntarily. 

  • If you are Italian citizen living abroad in a state with a bilateral agreement and you don't wish to register your residence in Milano, you will  make use of the bilateral agreement according to its regulations
  • If you are an Italian citizen living abroad in a EU country and if you don't wish to register your residence in Milano but you have S1 form you can register with Ufficio Estero.


Bilateral agreements

Brazil, Australia, etc

The following details are very specific to some situations, however it is good to know:

Additional protocol to the immigration agreement between Brazil and Italy.  Form IB-2 covers only emergencies (first aid) during a temporary stay of a Brazilian citizen in Italy. If a student wants the full  coverage, they have to enrol voluntarily (see above).

There is a Bilateral Social Security Agreement between Italy and Australia that covers only for 6 months and only for urgent benefits assisted nationals in the respective State. If a student wants the full  coverage, they have to enrol voluntarily (see above).

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