Emergency healthcare is generally provided free of charge in Italy, regardless of a patient’s nationality or residency status. However, non-emergency care (including specialist visits, prescription refills, etc.) is not typically covered for foreign tourists.
Temple University Rome has longstanding partnerships with English-speaking healthcare providers in the city, and we’re happy to provide all relevant contact information to participants in our Adult Study Abroad Program. While private healthcare costs are typically much lower in Italy than the United States, we still strongly recommend that all participants purchase a travel insurance plan which covers the duration of their stay abroad. Beyond covering healthcare-related expenses, these plans also often cover travel expenses related to last-minute itinerary changes, delays, or cancellations (including costs associated with mandatory quarantine or isolation following exposure to Covid-19).
Though Temple University Rome does not officially endorse any particular travel insurance provider, we can indicate a few providers here below as options to consider: