Perugia, Italy
Perugia, Italy
Perugia, Italy

10 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Italy share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Italy, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

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How are healthcare services Italy?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Italy, they replied:

"If in serious health...seek English speaking private physician..."you get what you pay for"," commented one expat who moved to .

"Use public healthcare system which is adequate and kept my federal employee insurance if I need it. Have used the insurance only a few times in ten years," remarked another expat in Pineto.

"My area in northern Italy has extremely good hospitals and doctors for major problems. There are many specialists if needed. The town doctor that we have been assigned is on the other hand not very dedicated or knowledgable. He is useful for refilling prescriptions and sending patients to specialists when needed," remarked another expat living in Sarzana.

"I did not experience a need for healthcare in the town, so I cannot address this question," said one expat living in Lucca.

"I have experienced both the private and public healthcare systems in Florence and the level of care is very similar to what I used to have in Canada. The private system is pay for treatment, but the costs are reasonable," mentioned another expat in Florence.

"The cost and quality of healthcare options in Italy is a primary reason why I will likely obtain residency and retire," commented one expat who moved to Florence, Italy.

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Need health insurance in Italy? William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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Need health insurance in Italy? William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite).

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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