Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
No vaccinations are required to move to Italy. You should bring all important medical records with you.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
Once you get a Permit of Stay and your residence is registered, you can obtain a National Health Insurance Card or ASL (Tessera Sanitaria per l'Azienda Sanitaria Locale) and be covered under Italy's national health insurance scheme. With an ASL in your possession, you will not be refused medical treatment.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Doctor in Italian is dottore or medico.
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
It is difficult to find an English-speaking doctor. Some are listed in the English language Yellow Pages.
Otherwise, it is best to get a personal referral from another expat or English speaker in your neighborhood.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, most expats tend to get medical care in Milan.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
The following are emergency numbers in Milan:
Police – 113. The police at 113 may not speak English very well, but you can call the Police
Headquarters, foreigners' bureau at 02.62263400.
- Fire - 115
- Ambulance – 118
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Call the ambulance at 118 or Emergency Room (Pronto Soccorso ). For lesser emergencies, call the Medical Guard (Guardia Medica ) in your area. These numbers can be found in the Yellow Pages ( Pagine Gialle ). Depending on where you live, you will normally receive the Pagine Gialle directly at home once you have your telephone line.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies are marked with a green cross symbol. The Italian word for pharmacy is farmacia.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, the water is safe, but it is better to buy bottled water because of calcium residue in water pipes.
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