Medical Assistance for Foreign Students

Useful information for using the healthcare services in Italy.

The Italian national health system is called "Servizio Sanitario Nazionale" (SSN), and is divided into local Healthcare Boards ("Aziende Unità Sanitarie Locali - AUSL").

Consult the information on the AUSL in Bologna and on the Romagna Campuses.

Students with EU citizenship (EU students)

  • With official residence in Italy for at least 5 years, may apply to their Municipality of residence for an "Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente"- (Certificate of Permanent Residence) which entitles them to registration with the National Health Service (SSN) and with a General Practitioner (GP) for an indefinite period.
  • With the E106/E109/S1 form issued in their home country, they can register with the SSN and with a GP for the length of time indicated in the form.
  • Anyone who is not entitled to register with a GP but has a valid European health insurance card (TEAM) issued in their home country is entitled to any necessary healthcare, such as occasional visits to a GP or Specialist Clinical services.
  • Anyone who does not have such entitlement may take out private health insurance for the duration of the study programme, covering all risks, which does not include registration with the SSN or with a GP. Alternatively students may apply for voluntary registration with the National Health Service, providing a self-certification of their student status.

Important! Private health insurances usually require the student first to pay for all the expenses and later to ask for a reimbursement to the insurance company. When you purchase a policy, please read carefully how to obtain the refund and the limits applied to reimbursement. Be aware that medical services cost to be payed may be high, in case you need hospitalisation for instance.

Students with non-EU citizenship

  • Non EU Students may apply for voluntary registration with the National Health Service and with a General Practitioner, by paying an annual lump sum fee;. The policy is valid for a calendar year (expiring on 31 December); otherwise they may maintain the right to compulsory registration, where provided for by law.
  • They may also take out private health insurance for the duration of the study programme, covering all risks, and have a certificate of conformity to Italian law signed by the insurance company, which does not include registration with the SSN or with a GP.

Important! Private health insurances usually require the student first to pay for all the expenses and later to ask for a reimbursement to the insurance company. When you purchase a policy, please read carefully how to obtain the refund and the limits applied to reimbursement. Be aware that medical services cost to be payed may be high, in case you need hospitalisation for instance.

How to register voluntarily with the National Health Service as a student

For those who apply for or hold a residence permit for study purposes, the registration is subject to the lump sum fee of € 149.77 per year. Registration is based on a calendar year (eg from 1/01/18 to 12/31/18) and it is not possible to pay reduced quotas for shorter periods.

It is allowed to pay the registration for the current year and also for the entire following calendar year. This possibility enables students to get a health coverage for an academic year and it is useful for students who arrive, for example, in September and wish to apply for a residence permit for study purposes valid for one year.

The fee of € 149, 77 does not cover any dependent family members.

To register:

  • go to a Post Office, ask for a blank payment slip (bollettino) and fill it out paying attention to the following points:
    • the beneficiary is: Amministrazione PT.C.S.S.N. Regione Emilia-Romagna
    • you must indicate the reference year for the registration with the SSN, for example: Iscrizione volontaria per studenti 2018
    • if you want to register for two consecutive years (for example 2018 and 2019), for each year you have to fill in and pay two separate payment slips;
  • pay the annual lump sum fee of € 149.77 for each year of registration with the SSN at the Post Office and keep the payment receipts;
  • make a copy of the payment receipts and attach them to your application for the first issue or renewal of the residence permit;
  • after applying for the residence permit, as soon as possible, go to an AUSL office offering the service CUP-Anagrafe sanitaria and bring with you:
    • payment receipts of € 149.77
    • receipt of the residence permit application (or residence permit if already obtained)
    • your passport.

At the CUP you’ll need to choose a General Pratictioner (family doctor) and your health coverage will be activated.

If you also paid for the registration with the SSN for the following calendar year and did not activate it, at the end of December remember to go to an AUSL office to activate the coverage for the following calendar year.

Attention: the only payment does not imply the activation of the coverage! You must complete the registration at an AUSL office and choose a General Pratictioner (family doctor).

Read what ensures a right to registration with the SSN.

Consult the list of "Sportelli Unici Distrettuali" in Bologna, Cesena (Sportello Unico), Forlì (Sportello Unico Anagrafe Sanitaria), Ravenna (Sportello Unico) and Rimini (Dipartimento di Cure Primarie).