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Basic medical services for international students

EU citizens
Health care assistance is available to all European citizens (belonging to EU Member States and EEA States) who have the EHIC/TEAM card (European Health Insurance Card) or who register in the Italian National Health Service.

If you have the EHIC/TEAM card, you can go directly to any doctor, during outpatient time, and have the right to any services needed, on a case by case basis (therefore, you cannot choose your own family doctor).

For a list of doctors and outpatient schedules, it is possible to visit the page Ricerca medici ("Search for doctors") which can be found at the ASL 5 website.

You must bring your health card and a photocopy of the card.

If you want to sign up to the Italian National Health service will have to ask the health insurance scheme of your country to issue the certificate E106 or E109 or S1 and present it at the counter at the counter of the Health District on Via Garibaldi, 198.

If you have the requested forms, the registration is free and you have the right to choose your own family doctor and take advantage of basic services.

Info and contacts

Centro Informazione e Consulenza Stranieri
Società della Salute Pisana
Via Saragat, 21 Pisa
Sig.ra Paola Silvestri
Tel. +39 050 954006 - e-mail Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

Non-EU citizens
Non-EU foreign citizens (who belong to countries which are outside the European Union and of the European Economic Area): the insurance coverage for health services or hospitalization is required to obtain an entry visa in Italy and/or the residence permit.

Possible scenarios:

  • consular statement that shows the right to health care determined by an agreement between Italy and the applicant's country of origin;
  • foreign insurance policy, accompanied by a consular statement on its validity in Italy, its duration and the forms of assistance provided. The forms of assistance cannot exclude the costs of urgent hospitalization nor limit the amount;
  • specific insurance policy contracted with Italian entities or companies that offer, in agreement with the Ministry of Health, the coverage of such risks. For other organizations or companies, which are not affiliated, the policy must be accompanied by a declaration from the insurance company that specifies the absence of limitations or exceptions to the fees established for emergency hospitalization for its whole duration;
  • volunteer registration to the National Health Services, which you may do at the health district on Via Garibaldi 198, in Pisa. The registration cost for the current year is € 149,77. The registration is valid until Dec/31st of each year regardless of the registration date. Please keep in mind that the registration needs to be renewed every year. Payment of the registration fee must be made by postal (money) order (available at any post office), c/c 289504 payable to the "Region of Tuscany",
    writing under the "Causale" heading, where you specify the reason for payment in addition to the current year, "Contributo SSN 2016 studente straniero".

The receipt of payment will allow you to go to the Health District (Distretto Sanitario, via Garibaldi 198) to choose a family doctor. Then you will have access to all the services with either no charge or with ticket payment.

Info and contacts:

Direzione Ricerca e Internazionalizzazione
Unità Promozione Internazionale

Lungarno Pacinotti, 44 56126 Pisa
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Centro Informazione e Consulenza Stranieri
Società della Salute Pisana
Via Saragat, 21 Pisa
Sig.ra Paola Silvestri
Tel. +39 050 954006 - e-mail Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

The hospital network

Pisa is known in Italy not only for its historical and artistic beauty but also for the quality of its hospitals and clinics. It is also known for the high quality of its doctors and professionals.


The most important and oldest public hospital was founded in 1257 close to Piazza dei Miracoli. This facility, now known as the University Hospital of Pisa, still provides part of its services inside the ancient headquarters of the Spedali Riuniti of Santa Chiara, just a few steps away from the famous leaning tower and from the historical city walls. One of its main entrances at via Roma 67 coincides with the headquarters of the department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.

A few years ago, the University Hospital of Pisa started to move its operational units to a modern hospital complex built in the city outskirts in the area of Cisanello. In particular this houses the Emergency department (Building 31, close to entrance 1; tel 050 992300).

Besides being known for combining medical activities with university training, the University Hospital of Pisa is classified as a "hospital of national prominence and high specialization" in the fields of: ophthalmology; intensive neurological care; nefrourology; kidney, liver and pancreas transplants; surgery of the thorax and lung cancer; general and minimally invasive surgery; laparoscopy surgery; endocrinology; endocrine surgery; large burns. Furthermore, it is a "tertiary referral hospital", able to ensure the highest level of performance in situations of emergency. Examples of these are: heart surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive therapy. For more information, please visit the related website.

Not far from the Hospital of Cisanello, at via Moruzzi 1, there is also the hospital facility of the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-CNR). Linked to the National Health Service, it was established to promote scientific innovation and a multi-disciplinary approach to disease and cure. The CNR of Pisa also cooperates with the Regional Health System, the University and the industrial sector with the purpose of assisting patients using the most advanced technologies.

The medical assistance service is insured by the Gabriele Monasterio Foundation which works inside the Institute of Clinical Physiology; its main areas of intervention are general and pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine. The facility also has an outpatient area for specialist visits and a Day Hospital which manages the services for Day Surgery, Day Hospital and Day Service. For more information on the specialist services and the clinical exams, please visit the related webpage.

Private clinics

The main and best known private hospital facility in Pisa is the Casa di Cura San Rossore, famous throughout Italy for the renowned specialist doctors who work there. This multiple specializations clinic which is located inside the San Rossore park at via delle Cascine 152/F provides inpatient diagnostic and care services, short-term recovery/hospitalization and outpatient treatment. The clinic also provides an Intensive Medical Assistance service in case of an emergency. For further information, please visit

The Casa di Cura Suore dell'Addolorata is a private clinic with headquarters at Via Alessandro Manzoni 13. This facility was founded in 1977. It has 34 beds and is divided into two units: the autonomous health unit of outpatient surgery and Day Surgery and the outpatient health unit for specialized and diagnostic services. This clinic does not offer Emergency services.

Some of the services, in particular those of gynecology, general surgery and ophthalmology, can be covered by the National Health Service. In other cases, the hospitalization and service costs are the patient's full responsibility.

However, the waiting time for specialist visits is very short and the service fees are the same as, or slightly higher than, those indicated in the Tuscan regional fee system. You may make an appointment by calling 050.45075 or by directly going to the facility's administrative offices.

Ultima modifica: Ven 06 Lug 2018 - 08:24

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