Each Country’s Health System is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS. This means you may have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your Care. The European Health Insurance Card will enable you access the necessary State provided healthcare in Italy at a reduced cost , or sometimes for free when on a Temporary Stay. The EHIC also covers you for treatment of Pre- existing medical conditions, although it does not cover if you are traveling for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment. EHIC covers you for routine Maternity care , provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth.
GET THE EHIC SMARTPHONE APP
The European commission has developed a useful multi-lingual free phone application which explains how to use the EHIC in different countries with the European Union(EU). It sumarises the treatments, general costs, procedure for reimbursement and emergency lines.
—–EHIC app for i Phone
—–EHIC app for Android
—–EHIC app for Windows Smartphone
If you find yourself in serious life threatening condition then you have to call 112 . This number id free and valid in most European countries. Emergency treatment is available free or at low cost to anyone in need in Italy. It’s important that you stay calm and provide the following details when calling emergency services in Italy :
Who you are and your Phone number
Describe the emergency situation
Specify the location of the emergency
Your location and Possible points of reference
Other important phone numbers :
118 Ambulance (Emergenza Sanitaria)
113 Police Carabinieri
115 Fire Brigade ( Vigili del Fuoco)
170 International Operator (English Speaking)
N/B: There’s no guarantee that all Emergency services and Doctors will speak English that’s why if possible have a local person to assist you with the call.