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Health Care in Sanremo

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Health Care in Sanremo: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Sanremo, is a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, known as Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), provides comprehensive care to all residents, including foreigners. However, many expats and digital nomads also opt for private healthcare services for more specialized care.

Italy's Healthcare System

Italy's public healthcare system, the Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), is funded by taxes and provides free or low-cost healthcare to all residents, including foreigners. The quality of care in public hospitals is generally high, and they are equipped to handle serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. However, public hospitals in Sanremo, like many other parts of Italy, can be crowded and have long wait times. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Italy. However, many expats prefer to use private hospitals for their healthcare needs. Private hospitals in Sanremo offer high-quality care, often with shorter wait times and more personalized service. They are also recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Sanremo

Sanremo has several healthcare facilities that cater to the needs of expats. These include:

  • Ospedale Sanremo (Public Hospital) - Located in the city center, this hospital offers a wide range of medical services.
  • Clinica Sanremo (Private Clinic) - This clinic specializes in outpatient services and minor surgeries.
In case of specialized medical care or surgeries, expats in Sanremo often travel to larger cities like Genoa or Nice, France, which are approximately 1-2 hours away by car.

Emergency Services in Sanremo

Sanremo has a well-functioning emergency service system. Ambulances can be called by dialing 118. The response time is generally quick, but there can be delays during peak hours or in case of severe traffic.

Health Insurance Companies in Sanremo

Several private health insurance companies operate in Sanremo. These include UnipolSai, Generali Italia, and Allianz. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including comprehensive coverage and hospitalization benefits. While some expats and digital nomads opt for these local insurance providers, many prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers that offer coverage in multiple countries and have English-speaking customer service.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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