Italy to Require Certain Foreign Nationals to Pay for National Health Service

Non-EU foreign national residents in Italy must pay 2,000 euros ($2,115.20)/annum for access to the national health service. The fee does not apply to asylum seekers, migrant workers, foreign workers, job seekers, and unaccompanied minors; they will continue to have access to healthcare without an additional fee.  The Italian Health Ministry stated that the fee is an update to an already existing fee for non-EU foreign nationals who want to subscribe for the health service.

The announcement, included in the 2024 budget, was met with mixed reception by healthcare workers, politicians, and other associations.

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