Your private health insurance (where applicable) should cover your medical needs for the entire period you are in Italy.
If your private insurance only covers medical care for a 3-month period, you can register with the Italian National Health Service (NHS) from the 91st day onwards.
The NHS gives you the same status as any Italian national in terms of access to medical services. These include:
- access to a general practitioner; (whose services are free of charge)
- free access to first aid hospital services;
- access to day-hospitals;
- access to surgical procedures in all public structures;
- access to blood tests and other analyses, examinations and specialist visits for which you must pay a reduced fee (ticket).
Registration with the NHS requires an annual tax of about 149 euros. You can make the payment at any post office to “Amministrazione P.T. - contributo Servizio Sanitario Nazionale”, C/C number 370007.
You must also specify the reason for your payment: “iscrizione volontaria al Servizio Sanitario Nazionale”.
To use the NHS, visit a Local Health Unit (ASL) in your area of residence (municipality) with your NHS tax payment receipt and you will be able select your general physician from a list of doctors in your area of residence.
Documents requested for the registration:
- certificate of residence or the application receipt from the municipality (or self-certification);
- valid Identity Card and/or Passport;
- tax identification code (codice fiscale);
- name of the selected general practitioner:
- payment of 149.77 euros to the Postal Office on c/c n. 370007;
- certificate of enrolment in a legally recognised university (or self-certification).
What to do in case of health problems
For emergencies Call 118, the medical emergency toll-free number (pronto soccorso) or go to a hospital first aid centre.
The staff there will assign you a colour code (white, yellow, green, red) according to how serious your condition is. Patients will be treated in order of assigned code, not arrival. So, if the medical staff assigns you a white code, the wait could be very long. You should bring your health care card (tessera sanitaria) and residence permit with you.
If you have a medical emergency in the evening call 118, the medical emergency toll-free number (pronto soccorso) or go to a hospital first aid centre.
The “Guardia Medica” is open 24 hours a day. Bring your residence permit and health care card with you.
For minor health problems (flu, cold, etc.) you should see your general practitioner. Visits to a GP are free, as long as you are registered with the NHS (see above). Always bring your residence permit and health care card with you.
For specialist visits (gynaecologist, dentist, etc.) your general practitioner will provide you with a referral called a “ticket”. You then need to book an appointment through the dedicated CUP (80 33 33) call centre.
You will need to provide the operator with your personal details, including your tax identification code and other information specified on the ticket. Be sure to get a booking number from the operator before you hang up. For the medical appointment, remember to bring your residence permit and health care card with you.
Outpatient clinics for foreigners
Presidio Nuovo Regina Margherita Via Emilio Morosini 30, 00153 Roma T (+39) 06 77306650
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8.00am-8.00pm
This Emergency outpatient clinic caters specifically to tourists and foreigners in need of urgent medical care. www.aslrma.com
Referral Centre for Latium Region
San Gallicano Hospital
Via delle Fratte di Trastevere 52, 00153 Roma (ground level) T (+39) 06 58543731
8.00am-1.00pm (reception 8.00am-11.00am) Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday,
8.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
(reception 8.00am-11.00am, 2.00pm-5.00pm)
The Referral Centre for the Latium Region is organised by the NIHP (National Institute for Health Migration and Poverty). NIHP services are open to Italian and foreign citizens with health problems, particularly those affected by dermatological, infectious, ophthalmic, gynaecological, neuropsychiatric, psychological, internal and surgical disorders.
The Services of the Outpatient Department can be accessed directly. No reservation or doctor's referral needed.
Medical prescription is optional. Before your medical examination, you may use the cultural mediation service that can provide you with information and answer your questions in over 30 different languages.
Bus, Underground, Urban Train and Tram
Metrebus, Rome's public transport system, integrates a variety of different transport services: underground/tube (metro), urban trains (treno metropolitano), buses and trams. Metrebus tickets are available for journeys on all such means of transport. There are several different types of tickets.
BITIntegrated Time Ticket: costs 1.50 euros and lasts 100 minutes from the initial validation. Only 1 metro or train journey is permitted. You can buy it at: ticket offices, newsagents, tobacconists and automatic machines in stations. You should not board on the bus without a ticket. Please remember that you must always validate your ticket at the beginning of your journey and when transferring onto the metro (your ticket must be re-stamped within 100 minutes from the first validation stamp and is then valid until the end of your journey on the metro).
It is only valid for one metro journey, but you can take more than one bus. You must keep your ticket with you while travelling on public transport and be ready to show it, on request, to ticket inspectors.
Costs 6 euros and is valid until midnight (12.00pm) of the day of its validation and for an unrestricted number of journeys.
Costs 35 euros and lasts for the calendar month, as printed on the pass, for one person for an unrestricted number of journeys. You can buy a monthly pass from any tobacconist and news agency up to the fifth day of each calendar month. Starting on the sixth day of each month, the pass can only
be purchased from ticket offices and Atac sales points. The holder must complete the pass with his/her personal details. Holders must to show their pass along with some form of ID to ticket inspectors.
Costs 250 euros and is valid for 365 days from the date stamped on the pass. It can be purchased at any Atac ticket office by filling out the forms and attaching a passport photograph.
Calculate Your Route!
If you are uncertain about how to get somewhere in Rome you can calculate the fastest way to get from one place to another in the city.
Taxis in Rome are white. They have an identification name and number on the front door and all have installed
taxi-meters. They can be easily found in every part of the city at special taxi stops or you can call one of the numerous radio-taxi companies at:
T (+39) 06 3570, 6645, 8822, 4157, 4994, 5551.
For further information:
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