Medical help while in Italy?


I am not sure how this works for visitors. I was curious as to what happens if someone gets sick or injured while visiting in the country - Is there a special treatment place one must go to? How does one pay for treatment/care?


It depends on what do you mean by ‘sick’.

If it’s a simple problem like sore throats, fevers, stomach issues, sinus problems, insomnia, blisters, rashes, urinary tract infections, or muscle, joint, back pain .etc a visit to a pharmacy could be all you need as pharmacists can diagnose and prescribe remedies for such problems.

If it’s something more serious than that, then perhaps you will need to pay a visit to the hospital or a clinic.

But, rest assured as Italy offers high-quality medical care that’s as competent as what you’ll find at home.


I guess it depends. EU citizens have EU Health Insurence Cards that cover the small stuff. When you travel, you can always pay for a travel insurance - no one wants to think about it but it’s nice to have it just in case. I’m not familiar with the quality of the Italian medical care but I’m sure there are good doctors there.


The first thing to clarify is that, like people have said, the healthcare there should be top-notch no matter where you are in the country.

Also, like Rumyana said, if you’re a EU citizen, you can apply to get a (free, i think) health insurance card which covers you if you have any issues when abroad. (I’m not sure of the extent of that though). And again, as Rumyana said, it’s so much better to be safe than sorry, so I’d definitely recommend getting some travel insurance.


Hospitals in Italy can’t refuse to treat you, regardless of your nationality. Sure, there’s the cost problem, but if you have insurance you should be covered. Even if you don’t though, if you get sick, you will definitely NOT be refused treatment! Worst case scenario, you get better and then get stuck with a bill.
Oh, and doctors and nurses in Italy are highly skilled, so you’d be in good hands.