REGISTERING TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM
International students must register with the NHS directly at the Local Health Agency (Azienda Sanitaria Locale – ASL).
a) WHAT ARE ASL?
ASLs are the contact point between the health system and the citizens for services related to health care, including bureaucracy matters such as: choosing a “family doctor”, requesting medical certificates, requesting home health assistance, vaccinations.
b) HOW MUCH DOES NHS REGISTRATION COSTS?
€149.77 per year (January 1st - December 31st)
c) THE HEALTH SYSTEM CARD
The health system card is the document that demonstrates registration to the Regional Health System and it is issued by ASL. Here is the list of the documents you need in order to obtain this card:
- Copy of the Stay of Permit
- Copy of theFiscal Code
- Copy of the receipt of payment (€149.77)
- Copy of the Formal Acceptance Letter
- Copy of the Passport
- Copy of the Visa
To register, students living in the VI Municipality (es. CampusX) have to show up at the ASL in Via Duilio Cambellotti 11, press button D at the ticket-issuing machine and deliver the above-mentioned documents to the officer.
HEALTH CARE SERVICES – CHOICE OF PRACTITIONER
a) FAMILY DOCTOR
After registering with the NHS, a general practitioner – called “family doctor” (medico di famiglia) – must be chosen among the ones available at the local ASL. The choice can costlessly be changed when needed.
b) PEDIATRICIAN FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO 14 YEARS OF AGE
0-14: For children 0 to 14 years old parents must choose a pediatrician.
14+: For children over 14, the families are required by their local ASL to choose a family doctor.
Family doctors and pediatricians have scheduled office hours but, when necessary, the also answer house calls. House calls are possible whenever the doctor considers the patient’s health conditions too serious to get to his/her office. In case of urgent calls, the visit is made as quickly as possible. These visits are free of charge.
HEALTH CARE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS AND STUDENTS RESIDING OUTSIDE LAZIUM
The University of Rome Tor Vergata is pleased to announce that a basic health care centre is now available for our foreign students and those coming from other Italian regions except Lazium.
This initiative was strongly wanted by our Rector, prof. Giuseppe Novelli, by dr. Giuseppe Colpani, General Director of University of Tor Vergata, Dr. Tiziana Frittelli, General Director of Tor Vergata University Hospital, Prof. Stefano Marini, President of IMS (International Medical School), Prof. Andrea Magrini, Head of the Department of Occupational Medicine and Prof. Tonino Marsella, Forensic Medicine. The service is free of charge for all Italian students residing outside Lazium, for all European students who have an ENI card number and for students of any nationality enrolled in the Italian National Health Service (SSN/SSR). Support will also be given to those students that want to be enrolled in the National/Regional Health Service.
Examination rooms, located in the Occupational Health Department, will be open on Mondays and Thursdays 14-16 on the second floor of the University Hospital.
This facility is organized on a walk-in basis, without any appointment. Students may obtain the following services:
- A normal medical examination
- ECG and blood pressure check
- Prescriptions (according to the doctor’s examination) of therapies, blood tests, instrumental investigations, specialist examinations
- Health certificates for gymn.
A professional MD and an IMS student about to graduate will be working together in this health facility. The future IMS graduate will help the doctor in case of cultural or linguistic barriers hindering access to primary care. On the same days and time there will also be a nutritionist to treat eating disorders; customized diets may also be prescribed.
The following medical services will not be available: vaccinations, emergency, surgical medications or diagnostic and surgical procedures.
Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to obtain protection against some serious diseases.
Vaccinations against: diphtheria- tetanus – pertussis poliovirus – hepatitis B- Haemophilus – influenza type b – measles – mumps – rubella (German measles) are free of charge for everyone.
There are other vaccines, free of charge for some groups of age and for high-risk groups, like vaccines against pneumonia and meningitis C.
Adult vaccinations are not compulsory in Italy.
If it is not possible to call or reach your doctor, or in a serious situation, you can contact one of the following emergency services:
In case of serious illness, accident, or other life-threatening situations, immediately call 118 (Emergency phone number). It is a public emergency service operating every 24 hours a day, which guarantees the quickest arrival of the ambulance and medical assistance. The call is free from any type of phone, landline or mobile. The ambulance service provided by 118 is free of charge too.
Hospital’s ER provides first aid to urgent and emergency cases. The service is organized to give priority not by arrival time but by the seriousness of the medical condition. Depending on the severity of each patient’s status a color code is assigned at arrival.
- RED CODE – EMERGENCY: immediate life-threatening, absolute priority.
- YELLOW CODE – URGENT: serious injuries, elevated urgency, maximum effort to reduce waiting time.
- GREEN CODE – LESS URGENT: not life-threatening, treatment provided after more urgent cases.
- WHITE CODE*: not critically ill, non-urgent patients.
*For patients assigned with a white code, not followed by hospital admission, a payment of €20 will have to be made.
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS TO BLOOD DONORS
Students enrolled in the various courses of the University of Tor Vergata, within six months from the date of the donor, can benefit of the following medical services at the Service of Occupational Medicine of the Policlinico Tor Vergata:
- General medical examination with ECG (Electrocardiogram)
- Eye examination
- Blood tests
Department of Transfusion Medicine at the Polyclinic Hospital Tor Vergata:
Direction: +39 06 20900218
Secretariat: +39 06 20900592
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING CENTER
For information: Mr Massimo Limiti
Tel. +39 06 41400129 or 356 or 222
Via Nomentana, 1362 (121 Room) - Rome.
For more detailed information you can contact the PTV dedicated office at the following telephone number: +39 06 20900254; or write an e-mail to email@example.com.
OBESITY AND EATING DISORDERS
Students interested in fighting and/or preventing obesity and eating disorders, through projects dedicated to food education, mobility and the environment, can ask "Servizio di Nutrizione Clinica, Terapia Parenterale e Anoressia Nervosa" at Policlinico Tor Vergata (Viale Oxford, 81 - Rome).
Days and times for booking: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00.
Days for scheduled visits: Every Monday and Wednesday from 14:00 to 18:00 for a visit and any outpatient care access.
For more detailed information students can contact the office at the following telephone number: +39 06 20900254; or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.