All students have the right to access the Italian National Health Service (SSN), even though it is possible to choose among different options of health insurance. Please check the options listed below and choose the one that fits you best according to your nationality and needs. In case you are in an emergency situation you can dial 118 to call an ambulance or directly go to the Pronto Soccorso (Emergency room) of the closest hospital.
Registering with the SSN is warmly suggested, because it entitles you to the same treatment as Italian citizens. This includes: choice of a general practitioner, who can visit you free of charge, and who will refer you to specialists (dentists, orthopedics, etc.); admission to public or certified private hospitals free of charge; doctor on duty-continuous assistance service (guardia medica) free of charge; lower fees for tests (blood tests, radiological tests, etc.).
- Do you have a European Health Insurance Card?
You can directly access the Italian National Health Service (SSN) without paying any subscription only for the first three months. If you are staying in Italy for more than 3 months the European Health insurance card entitles you to benefit of medically necessary health treatments but for a complete health coverage you should obtain the S1 form in your country (see below). To find the general practitioner closest to your home, please follow the indication reported in this video.
More info about the European Health Insurance Card.
- Did you obtain an S1 form in your home country, before departure?
You can register with the SSN free of charge visiting one of the ATS (local health offices). If you are living in Milano city you can refer to one of the following offices: select “assistenza sanitaria”, then “assistenza sanitaria stranieri”; click on the office closest to your address and check the opening time.
To register, take the following documents with you:
- self-certificate of enrollment at Politecnico di Milano (downloadable from the Online Services)
- “codice fiscale”
- copy of your passport/ID card
- S1 form (issued by the health authority in the EU country where you are entitled to healthcare)
You should also communicate the name of the general practitioner of your choice. To find the general practitioner closest to your home, please follow the indication reported in this video.
- Are you lacking both the European Health Insurance Card and the S1 form?
You can voluntarily register with the SSN upon payment of a subscription fee following the same procedure as Non EU citizens, as described below.
- Are you an Italian citizen residing abroad?
If you transfer your residence to Italy you are entitled to access the SSN for free. Otherwise, you can benefit of the SSN services only for 90 days and have to choose another health insurance option (but you are not allowed to register with the SSN upon payment of a subscription).
Please note that for non-EU students it is compulsory to hold a health insurance (or a health insurance payment receipt) in order to apply for the residence permit. The residence permit will have the same validity in time of the health insurance and viceversa (the residence permit has a maximum validity of 12 months). Non Eu students can choose among three alternatives to obtain a health coverage.
/Suscribe a private health insurance policy abroad
You can decide to purchase a private health insurance in your own country before departure. It is always advisable that the insurance policy is validated by the Italian embassy and translated into Italian or English.
If there is a health assistance agreements between your country and Italy which entitles you to access the Italian National Health Service for free get the agreement documentation from the Italian embassy/consulate and once in Italy submit it to the ATS office closest to you (video “How to find a health agency in Milano”).
Register with the Italian National Health Service SSN
This insurance is valid one calendar year (January 1st – December 31st). Students enrolling in September should purchase first a private health insurance which is valid for the same length of time as the residence permit they need (maximum 12 months), they can subscribe to the SSN later on. In order to register with the SSN, go to any post office (www.posteitaliane.it), fill in a blank payment form with the following data and pay 149,77 €:
c/c postale n.: 379222 – Intestato a: Amministrazione P.T. Regione Lombardia – Causale: iscrizione volontaria S.s.n
IMPORTANT: Piacenza campus students who live in Piacenza (Emilia Romagna region) must fill in the following information:
c/c postale n.: 569400 – Intestato a: Amministrazione P.T. – CSSN Regione Emilia Romagna – Causale: iscrizione volontaria S.s.n.
Once you have carried out the payment, you can use the payment receipt to apply for the residence permit.
After applying for the residence permit, you have to go to the ATS (local health office) of your city area. If you live in Milano city you can refer to one of the following offices: select “assistenza sanitaria”, then “assistenza sanitaria stranieri”; click on the office closest to your address and check the opening time.
What you need to take with you:
- self-certificate of enrolment at Politecnico di Milano (downloadable from the Online Services)
- residence permit application receipt
- “codice fiscale”
- copy of your passport
- receipt of the payment for the SSN subscription
Subscribe a private health insurance policy in Italy
You can also purchase a private health insurance upon arrival. At the time being, the most convenient private health insurance for international students is provided by W.A.I (Welcome Association Italy). It cost 120 € for 12 months’ assistance and 71 € for 6 months’ assistance (from the day of purchase) for non-EU citizens. EU citizens younger than 40 years old have to pay 202 € for 12 months and 142 € for 6 months. It covers emergencies (that means that expenses are covered only if you are admitted to hospital by ambulance or through the emergency room), but it also provides a few extra services for 3 times a year each. For detailed information about the policy services, conditions and payment check carefully the website http://www2.waitaly.net/en/. Please note that for non-EU citizens the policy will be valid only after applying for the residence permit.