How to register for National Health Care in Italy

Italy operates a joint regional and private health care system, so how you register and what each region needs may slightly different.

To register for healthcare in Italy you will need to go to the Registration desk at your local ASL, a quick search on a search engine for ASL (province name) will give you the correct address.

There is two types of Registration, obligatory and voluntary.

To register under the iscrizione obbligatoria scheme, you have to be employed or self-employed in Italy. This means you are fully covered under the scheme.

To register you will need to provide your Codice Fiscale, Residence Permit or Application to say you have applied, Passport or Carta di identità elettronica plus evidence of any dependants if you wish to register them. They will always ask to see evidence of either a work contract or the fact you are registered as self-employed.

To register under the voluntary scheme you will have to provide all the basic information, so your codice fiscale, passport and proof of residence, you will then have to pay a fee, which depends on your region and is normally around €360 a year.

Once you’ve registered for healthcare: you can register with a GP you’ll receive a health card (which includes your Italian EHIC if you’re registered with the obligatory scheme) you may be able to apply for co-payments exemption if you have a chronic condition or low income How much you’ll pay

Once you’ve registered for healthcare, the following are free: emergency care hospital admission GP appointments

You’ll need to pay a co-payment, called ‘Ticket’, for: specialist referrals diagnostic tests prescription medicines, unless you’re registered as exempt, for example because of a chronic medical condition

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