PhD students who are EU citizens
If you are an EU citizen and have resided in Italy for at least five years, you are entitled to apply for the Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente (Long-Term Residence Certificate)
in the municipality where you reside. This gives you the right to enrol in the Italian National Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, or SSN
) and means you can choose a long-term general practitioner or family doctor (medico di base/medico di famiglia
) close to where you live in Italy.
If you do not meet the conditions to apply for the Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente
, in order to benefit from health insurance coverage in Italy as an EU PhD student, you should request a E106, E109 or S1 form
from the relevant health authority in your home country. Having one of these forms means you can enrol in the SSN once you have arrived in Italy, and you can select a family doctor for the period stated on the form.
If you do not meet the conditions above but you have an Italian Health Insurance Card (Tessera Sanitaria Europea, or TEAM
) issued by the relevant health authority in your home country, you can access all the necessary medical services such as occasional visits to a family doctor/general practitioner and specialist outpatient services.
In absence of the TEAM card, EU PhD students can take out private health insurance
, which must be valid for the entire duration of your PhD programme (3 years) and must cover all health risks, including maternity. This option does not allow you to enrol in the SSN or choose a local family doctor. Please note that private health insurance policies usually require you to pay for any medical costs upfront and then request reimbursement from the insurance company. It is therefore important to check the terms and limits of refunds carefully before purchasing a policy.
Alternatively, you can apply for voluntary enrolment in the SSN, providing a self-declaration that you are a PhD student, The fee is a flat rate of €149.77 valid for one calendar year (1st January–31st December). Voluntary enrolment in the SSN as an EU PhD student requires you to officially register your residency in the Italian municipality where you are staying.Health insurance for non-EU PhD students
If you are non-EU citizen and PhD student, you may apply for voluntary enrolment in the Italian National Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, or SSN
), which allows you to choose a general practitioner or family doctor (medico di base/medico di famiglia
) near where you live. The annual fee is €149,77
and registration is valid for one calendar year (1st January–31st December). As a non-EU PhD student applying for the voluntary enrolment in the SSN, you are not required to be registered as a resident in Verona or any other Italian municipality.
Please note: Registration with the SSN is valid for one solar year, from 1st January to 31st December of the same year. It is not possible to register beforehand for the following year. Therefore, if you arrive in September to begin a PhD commencing on 1st October, you should consider this option with care, because even though you will have to pay the full annual fee, your registration will only be valid until 31st December. For the months not covered by the SSN, you could decide to take out private health insurance (either in your own country or in Italy) which must cover all health risks, including maternity. Private health insurance is not in any way associated with registering in the SSN, nor with choosing a local GP. It simply means your insurance company will reimburse you for any medical fees specified by your policy.Private health insurance policy
If you decide to take out private health insurance, the policy must satisfy the following requirements:Valid in Italy and in the Schengen AreaGuarantees a coverage of at least €30,000Guarantees the policy holder’s return to their country in case of serious illnessProvides full coverage for all healthcare risks, including maternityCovers expenses for emergency treatment and urgent hospitalisationCovers the entire duration of the policy holder’s stay in Italy (or the period not covered by the SSN)Specifies what formalities the policy holder must comply with in order to be reimbursed.
If you take out private health insurance before leaving your country, the insurance policy must be in English or translated into Italian and legalised by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The cost of private health insurance is your responsibility.
To receive assistance when registering with the Italian National Health Service, or for further information about health insurance coverage in Italy, please contact the International Students Union of Verona (firstname.lastname@example.org
).What to do in case of Health ProblemsFirst Aid
For emergencies, you can call an ambulance dialling 118
(available 24h including Holydays).
If necessary you may also go to the Pronto Soccorso
Ospedale Civile Maggiore (Borgo Trento)
Ph: Pronto Soccorso 045 8122120
Address: Piazzale A. Stefani 1 – Verona
Ospedale Policlinico G.B. Rossi (Borgo Roma)
Ph: Pronto Soccorso 045 8124333
Address: Piazzale L.A. Scuro 10 - Verona
If you go to the Pronto Soccorso you will be asked whether you are in pain and its severity: on the basis of your answer you will be given a colour code (white, yellow, green, red, according to the seriousness of your problem). Treatment will be according to this order, not according to the time of your arrival. General medical care
If you need medical care (for flu, a cold, etc.), you must go to your “MEDICO DI BASE”
(general practitioner – GP or family doctor) and the visit will be free. Home visits are also free.
For specialist treatment (gynaecological, dentistry, etc.) you should go to your "Medico di Base" first. GP will write a prescription. You should then call the CUP (Centro Unico Prenotazioni)
from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m in order to book an appointment with a specialist (Phone: 045 8121212).
Remember that for some specialist services, you must pay a “ticket” as a contribution to cover part of the costs. The ticket must also be paid by Italian citizens. You must pay before you see the specialist. Always take your stay permit with you and your Health Insurance Card.
For emergencies during the nights or on weekends call/go to the Guardia Medica (Continuing Care Service)
. Here the contact details:
Guardia Medica Distretto 1 - Verona Centro
Via Marconi n.27/a
Tel: 045 7614565
Guardia Medica Distretto 2 - Verona Sud
Via Rovigo n.2/B
Tel: 045 7614565
Guardia Medica Distretto 3 – Verona Est
c/o Ospedale di Marzana -
Piazzale Lambranzi (Marzana)
Tel: 045 7614565
Opening hours: from 8.00 pm to 8.00 am on Mondays to Fridays and from Saturdays at 10.00 am till Mondays at 8.00 am.
You are advised to call first to check that they are open.
Emergency contact numbers in Italy
112 - Carabinieri
113 - Police
115 - Firefighters
118 – Emergency/Ambulance