Venice Health

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.
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Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
If you are employed by an Italian company, once you get a Permit of Stay and your residency is registered, you can obtain a National Healthcare Card and be covered under Italy's National Health insurance scheme.

In case of emergency you will not be refused medical treatment.

Public hospitals in the Venice are very good.
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What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Dottore or Medico.
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What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
It may be hard to find a foreign doctor, but most young doctors will have some knowledge of English.
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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 get medical care in Venice because the standard is very high.
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What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
The following are emergency numbers nationwide:

  • 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 Brigades - 115
  • Ambulance – 118

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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
Medial 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.
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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.
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Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, but bottled water is popular and widely available.
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