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Health Care in Florence

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Explore healthcare options for expatriates and digital nomads in Florence: uncover top-rated providers, hospitals, and medical facilities to meet your needs while living abroad in Florence.

Florence has a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) and is used by both Italian citizens and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Florence for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Florence are typically crowded and have long wait times, but the quality of care is generally good. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Italy. Expats typically use private hospitals for specialized medical care and major surgeries. Private hospitals in Florence are typically more modern and have shorter wait times, but the cost of care is higher.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Florence

  • Ospedale Careggi: This is a public hospital located in Florence. It is the largest hospital in the city and specializes in cardiology, oncology, and neurology.
  • Ospedale Meyer: This is a private hospital located in Florence. It is a modern hospital and specializes in pediatrics, gynecology, and orthopedics.
  • Clinica Villa Donatello: This is a private clinic located in Florence. It specializes in general medicine, dermatology, and plastic surgery.

Emergency Services in Florence

Ambulance services are available in Florence. To call for an ambulance, dial 118. Ambulances typically arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the time of day and the severity of the emergency.

Health Insurance Companies in Florence

The most popular private health insurers in Florence are Unisalute, FASI, and Sanità Unica. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies or specialized expat health insurance providers.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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