How Does the Italian Healthcare System Work?
The Italian healthcare system is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. In Italy, both public and private healthcare system exists.
Italy operates a national health service, the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), which is organised by the national government via the Ministry of Health but is administered regionally across the country. While the system is funded by taxation, Italian citizens will often still be required to make a small payment for any treatment they require, although those on low incomes may be able to access treatment with no charge at all.
Italian citizens also have the option to be referred to the private healthcare system if they wish, however, unless they have taken out a private health insurance plan they will have to pay for the privilege. Many Italians prefer to choose a private referral due to the long waiting times for public healthcare in some locations across the country.