Health Insurance Coverage for Third Countries Citizens
International guests registered with National Health Service (SSN) are entitled to receive health care provided for by law and have equal treatment as Italian citizens regarding compulsory contributions, medical assistance and time limits.
SSN is the agency appointed by the Ministry of Health with a view to regulating all the activities and guaranteeing medical assistance, health promotion and diseases prevention. The SSN is constituted of agreed public and private structures.
In Italy the Sanitary System is of a state type, organized independently on regional basis (therefore there could be some differences in the level of the service offered in the various regions) and has often specialized hospital structures (dermatology, ophthalmology, and so on).
Researchers / Post Doc / Young and Senior Faculties
Third Countries citizens staying in Italy for work purposes (such as subordinate work, self-employment, or enrolled to the unemployment listing) have the medical expenses coverage guaranteed by the registration to the National Health System-SSN. The registration at the SSN will be processed by submitting the application form to the Local Branch of National Healthcare Service A.S.L. (Azienda Sanitaria Locale, for details please visit: Provincial Health Board) in which the foreign worker is officially resident or currently living, jointly with the tax code of the applicant, the stay permit and a copy of the identity card or passport.
Once enrolled to the Italian Health System, you can obtain the Tessera Sanitaria (TEAM - EU Health Insurance Card for Italy, including your tax code number) which entitles you to emergency medical aid and basic services supplied, such as:
- to have a family doctor registered with your Local Health Centre and a paediatrician for children up to 6 years of age;
- to have access to the public structures operating within the national health service, urgent or essential surgery and hospital treatments, even if continuative, for disease and accident;
- to benefit of the base sanitary assistance and of free essential medicine distribution;
- to get outpatient and pharmaceutical treatment by payment of a charge, the so-called ticket.
The ticket is a rate to pay in order to use a determined sanitary service (specialist visits, check-ups, laboratory and x-ray examinations, home visits, hospitalisation, vaccination, blood tests, ultrasound scans, medicines, rehabilitative treatment and first aid services). The amount depends on the type of examination and/or visit and on the type of structure you address to. In some cases it is possible to ask for the ticket exemption in order to apply for a fee waiver for medical treatments. The exemption is given on the basis of the age, the registration in the placement lists, the income and the type of disease.
The registration with the National Health System – SSN is valid for the whole length of the stay permit, as well as during its renewal. This registration can be extended by simply submitting all the papers providing the residence permit renewal application to the competent A.S.L.
In case of lack of renewal or revocation of the stay permit, as well as in case of expulsion order, the registration is no longer valid, unless the foreigner involved proves to have filed and appeal against the above measures.
Students / Trainees
Third Countries citizens staying in Italy for study/training purposes do not have to register to the National Health System - SSN, they can do it voluntarily.
In case they do not want to register to the SSN, they have to take out a private policy covering sickness, accident and prenatal care (as well as in case of pregnancy). The insurance coverage must be valid throughout Italy (and the whole Schengen area) and for the entire duration of the stay in Europe. The policy have also to be extended to their dependent family members as well.
Students and trainees with double citizenship (Italian), going to transfer their permanent residence in Italy, can benefit of free enrolment in the Italian National Service. In this case, they have to go to the Local Health Board with their Italian passport and the receipt proving that they have applied for residence in Italy.
In case of bilateral agreements between a non-EU home Country and Italy (such as Argentina, Australia, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Brasil, Cape Green, Croatia, Kossovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Tunisia, Vojvodina, etc.) and these Third Country citizens are entitle to health coverage in their country, before leaving for Italy they should get the specific form for the extension of the coverage from their home country to Italy and take this form to the Local Health Board in Trento in order to receive the declaration for health coverage in Italy for urgent and necessary cares. It is better to get all information about bilateral agreements from the Italian diplomatic representations abroad and from the competent health Institution in the home Country.
Attention: if Third country citizens do not have right to the extension of the health assistance from their country to Italy, they should ask the Health Institution of reference to provide them a written declaration in this sense, so that they are allowed to enrol the Italian Health System once in Italy by paying 149,77 euros/calendar year.
via Degasperi 79, 38100 – Trento
opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday (8.30-12.30 a.m.), Tuesday and Thursday (8.30 a.m–3.30 p.m.)
phone: +39 0461 902263 - website
via degli Alpini 1, 38017 – Mezzolombardo
opening hours: From Monday to Friday (8.10 a.m.-1.30 p.m.), Thursday (1.30 p.m.–3.30 p.m.)
phone: +39 0461 611212 - contacts
via Brennero 20, 38010 - San Michele All'Adige (TN)
phone: +39 0461 650297
via Alcide Degasperi 19, 38017 - Mezzolombardo (TN)
phone: +39 0461 601032
piazza S. Gottardo 13, 38016 - Mezzocorona (TN)
phone: +39 0461 605161
Trentino Health Board