If you are not in possession of a private medical insurance, you are strongly recommended to apply for the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale -SSN), in order to use public health service. The registration to the National Health Service lasts one year, it refers to the calendar year (1 January-31 December) and cannot be split up. The registration fee for students amounts to about € 150,00 per year. For working students, the registration to the National Health Service is mandatory.
The documents necessary for the registration are:
- Residence permit
- Identity document (Passport)
- Codice fiscale (Italian fiscal code)
- Document certifying your residence or self-declaration of residence
- Receipt of payment of registration fee
You need to apply at the Local Health Authority (Aziende Sanitarie Locali -ASL) closest to your place of residence. The ASL Offices are located in:
- Viale Della Vittoria, 9 – 60123 Ancona (telephone 071 5965886).
- Viale Cristoforo Colombo, 106 – 60127 Ancona (telephone 800 645 333).
Upon registration, a health card is issued. On the card you will find your identification number, your name and the name of your family doctor. The health card expires together with your residence permit. You can access health services only by showing your health card.
Each family doctor has an outpatient department where he/she guarantees free general medical examinations at fixed hours. You can refer to your family doctor for prescriptions for specialist and diagnostic examinations and prescriptions of medicines.
The medicines prescribed by your doctor are available at the chemist’s shop (Farmacia). Some drugs considered “life-saver” are free or on payment of a co-fee (ticket). Other medicines are not included in the National Health Service and have to be paid entirely. At the chemist’s, there are also drugs that may be sold without medical prescription on payment of the entire price. In your area, you will find a chemist’s open during the night and on holidays. Outside every chemist’s shop, you will find information about the chemists opened in your area.
Specialist Examinations and Laboratory Tests
For specialist examinations and laboratory tests, you have to obtain a medical prescription issued by your family doctor. You generally have to make a reservation by showing the medical prescription and your health card at the reception of the hospital or the outpatient department where you will undergo the examination or at the reservation desk (Centro Unico Prenotazione – CUP). Specialist examinations and laboratory tests must be paid. Some particular circumstances (disability, low income or age reasons) entitle patients for fee exemption. For further information on the requisites for exemption, you can refer to the exemption office of your ASL.
Health Emergencies – The Emergencies number 118
The 118 is a free public emergency service available 24/24 hours. You must use the 118 only in case of emergency requiring immediate intervention. The 118 does not replace the family doctor.
Health assistance doctor / guardia medica
Largo Cappelli 1, Ancona Tel .0718705620
Viale della Vittoria 9, Ancona Tel. 07187051
First Aid Station
In case of health emergency, you can go to the first aid station of the closest hospital. The first aid station provides first treatment in case of health emergency. Patients are not admitted according to their arrival time but based on the assessment by the reception staff of the severity of the symptoms.
Other emergency numbers (toll-free)
- 112 Carabinieri
- 115 Fire Brigade
- 113 Police
- 116 Car Rescue Service