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      We are buying a place in southern Italy, with a view to retirring after first renting out.

      My I have a chronic health condition that requires some regular outpatient treatment.

      What is healthcare like in Italy?
      Any guidance much appreicated


        As far as healthcare is concerned, Italy ranks among the World Health Organization’s top 10 countries.

        If relocating, Italy’s national health plan (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale), covers hospital and medical benefits. It is designed to provide for all Italian citizens and legal residents.

        Some public hospitals are overcrowded and underfunded. However, this is not always the case everywhere. Mid-size cities have good facilities and shorter lines. Each town has a doctor and a guardia medica on duty during weekends and holidays for emergencies.

        Private healthcare is also an option and much cheaper than countries like the USA.

        I hope this helps.


          I’m an Italian now living in the UK for over 20 years. Perfectly placed to give you a comparison.

          If you are Brit looking to move to Italy, I would say the Italian healthcare system is better than the public healthcare system in the UK. Italy spends over 9% of its GDP on healthcare, well above the many other developed countries. One of the reasons behind Italy having one of the highest standards of healthcare in the world.

          Of course, there will be wealthlier folk, who prefer more immediate attention, that take out the private healthcare cover.

          I hope this helps.

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