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Medical and Health
Documents needed: EHIC and Passport
Doctors and Dentists
Doctors: You can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to see a doctor registered with the Italian national health service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale – SSN). Their services are usually free.
Dentists: Most dentists are in the private sector. SSN hospitals and some public health centres have dentists who carry out emergency dental treatment free or at reduced cost. Hotel reception/pharmacies can direct you to the nearest public practice.
Hospital treatment and Ambulance Costs
Show your EHIC on admission and ask the hospital administration to contact the local health authority 'Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale' (ASL), so that you won’t be charged as a private patient.
Some private hospitals also operate under the state scheme. Make it clear you want to use your EU medical card – formerly the E111 – for state-provided health care. Private hospital costs aren’t covered by the EHIC.
Charges for medication prescribed in hospitals vary depending on where in Italy you receive treatment.
Ambulance: Emergency ambulance services – Guardia Medica – aren’t always free. You may have to pay a proportion of the cost, so if you are doing winter sports add them to your cover.
You will need to present the EHIC with your prescription at the pharmacy (farmacia). Generally medicines are free but for some you might be charged a standard, non-refundable fee.