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Italy - Hospitals

Every city and large town in Italy has at least one clinic (clinica) or a hospital. The larger cities have a number of medical facilities, all of which can be easily spotted by the sign of a white “H” set on a blue background. Anyone can get a list of all the hospitals in a particular area, just by referring to the yellow pages. However, Italy has various types of hospitals and it is important to know differences between each kind, before going to one.

The public hospitals are known as Ospedali and the private ones are called Case di cura private. Many private hospitals specialize in certain fields of medicine, like surgery, psychiatry, oncology and obstetrics, instead of operating as a full-service facility. The services and costs of both hospitals differ to a great extent but the quality of treatment is almost the same everywhere. Certain private hospitals in Italy are run by the Roman Catholic Church; these are known as the cliniche. A small percentage of the population also frequents university-run hospitals for treatment. Certain private clinics work in agreement with the regional health authorities to provide beds, which are utilized by national health patients in order to deal with the long waiting lists.

All public hospitals have a 24x7 accident and emergency (casualty) department, called pronto soccorso. Except in case of a medical emergency, patients are admitted in a clinic or hospital only after they have been referred by the doctor they consulted. Under normal circumstances, patients are admitted in hospitals within their province, but exceptions are made in case special surgery or therapy is required, which is not offered by that facility. In certain regions of the country, if a public hospital can’t treat a patient within a reasonable period of time, the person is moved to a private clinic, without having to pay any extra charges.

The accommodation at public hospitals is quite basic, with each ward consisting of 3 to 6 beds. Single rooms are available but at an extra cost. While meals are provided at no extra cost, patients are required to carry all other items that they may need during their stay. Private hospitals on the other hand generally offer several luxuries to patients and their families.

Expats often face a challenge finding their way around Italian hospitals, especially the public ones. English is not commonly spoken at most hospitals and the signs can be confusing or out of date. The information booklet (carta di servizi) for details like visiting hours, meal schedules and floor plans is also printed in Italian. Expats who do not speak Italian can refer to their embassies for a list doctors who speak their native language. People from the US, UK and Canada usually prefer getting treated by English-speaking practitioners at –

The Salvator Mundi International Hospital
Viale Mura Gianicolensi, 67, Rome
Tel: +39 06 588 961

The Rome American Hospital
Via E. Longoni, 69, Rome
Tel: +39 06 062 2551

The Milan Clinic
Via Cerva, 25, Milan
Tel: +39 02 7601 6047

Emergency medical services

The emergency medical services in this country include a combination of private companies and volunteers providing an ambulance service. Physicians and nurses capable of performing “Advance Life Support” procedures also supplement the emergency service. People can access this service from any part of Italy by dialing 118. For urgent cases, first aid at public hospitals is free of charge for everybody. For cases that are not an emergency, a co-pay will be required.

Given below are the details for some of the public hospitals in Rome & Milan –

Ospedale G. B. Grassi
Via Giancarlo Passeroni 28, Ostia Lido - Rome
Tel: +39 06 56481

Ospedale Fatebenefratelli
Via di Ponte Quattro Capi 39, 00186 Rome
Tel: +39 06 68371

Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesú
Piazza di Sant’ Onofrio 4, 00165 Rome
Tel: +39 06 68591

Ospedale San Camillo
Via Portuense 332A, 00151 Rome
Tel: +39 06 58701

Ospedale San Giovanni Addolorata
Via dell'Amba Aradam 9, 00184 Rome
Tel: +39 06 77051

Ospedale San Pietro-Fatebenefratelli
Via Cassia 600, 00189 Rome
Tel: +39 06 33581

Ospedale Sandro Pertini
Via dei Monti Tiburtini 389, Rome
Tel: +39 06 450 0895

Ospedale Sant’ Andrea
Via di Grottarossa 1035-1039, 00189 Rome
Tel: +39 06 33771

Ospedale Santo Spirito
Lungotevere in Sassia 3, 00193 Rome
Tel: +39 06 68351

Policlinico Agostino Gemelli
Largo Agostino Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome
Tel: +39 06 30151

Policlinico Umberto I
Viale del Policlinico 155, 00186 Rome
Tel: +39 06 49971

Ospedale Niguardia
Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, Milan
Tel: +39 02 64441

Ospedale Maggiore (Policlinico)
Via F. Sforza 35, Milan
Tel: +39 02 55031

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