Indirect healthcare is provided for by the European Union to guarantee all citizens the right of freedom of choice of the place of care in any country in the European Union.
Citizens registered with the Italian national health service (SSN)
Citizens registered with the Italian health service must request prior authorisation from the relevant local health authority in certain cases.
Beneficiaries of cross-border health services must pay the costs of the healthcare upfront. The amount reimbursed will be equal to the fee charged in the region providing the care, net of any costs to be shared (patient’s contribution), if due.
In order to better ensure reimbursement of the benefit they wish to receive in the EU, healthcare beneficiaries can submit a request for prior verification to the local health authority to check whether, on the basis of the type of service, prior authorisation is required, and also to have find out how, when and what amount they will be reimbursed.
The Ministry of Health has set up a National Contact Point providing patients with information to facilitate access to cross-border healthcare within the European Union.
Citizens not registered with the Italian national health service (SSN)
- Legislative Decree 38/2014: "Implementation of Directive 11/24/EU"
- Directive 2011/24/EU
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