GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION
The level of community sanitation is high in Italy. The sewage system is adequate. While there are no unusual features or special health risks, persons suffering from or susceptible to allergies or respiratory diseases may require proper medication.
MILAN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
Medical facilities in Italy are adequate for any emergencies that may arise. All public hospitals are operated by the National Health Service. Rates are valid all over Italy, and include all medical services (also surgery), plus bed and board. Current rates (subject to review in 1997) are the following:
- ordinary ward: Lire 560,000 per day or EURO equivalent, all included
- intensive care: Lire 2,400,000 per day or EURO equivalent, all included.
If you are a resident of Italy and enjoy National Health Service coverage, hospital services will be provided to you and your dependents free of charge. Visitors, or persons not enrolled under such plan, are expected to pay full hospital charges and then claim a reimbursement from their insurance carrier, if applicable. Hospitals do not take credit cards; most, however, will agree to bill patients after discharge. There are also a number of private clinics, offering a wide range of medical services. Charges, although variable, are generally much higher than those applied by hospitals.
In case of an emergency, head for the nearest hospital; most general and regional hospitals have emergency rooms which operate around the clock. To call an ambulance, dial 118 (toll free) from any telephone in Italy. In Milan, you can also call the Red Cross on 3883. Help can also be sought through the Police, by dialing 113, which is equivalent to 911 in the US.
OSPEDALE "NIGUARDA", Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, tel. 0264441, emergency room: tel. 0264442496.
OSPEDALE "FATEBENEFRATELLI", Corso Porta Nuova 23, tel. 0263631. Emergency room: Medicine 026363558, Surgery 026363469, Ophthalmology 026363239.
OSPEDALE MAGGIORE ("POLICLINICO"), Via F. Sforza 35, tel. 0255031.
OSPEDALE "SAN CARLO", Via Pio Secondo 3, tel. 0240221. Emergency room: 0240222435.
OSPEDALE "SAN GIUSEPPE", Via San Vittore 12, tel. 0285991. Emergency room: 0285994532.
OSPEDALE "SAN RAFFAELE", Via Olgettina 60, tel. 0226431. Emergency room: 0226432741.
OSPEDALE "SAN PAOLO", Via di Rudini` 8, tel. 0281841. Emergency room: 028184250.