The health care system in Italy is a regionally based national health service known as Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN). It provides free of charge universal coverage at the point of service. While the national level ensures the general objectives and fundamental principles of the national health care system are met, regional governments in Italy are responsible for ensuring the delivery of a benefits package to the population. Health care facilities vary in terms of quality in different regions of Italy. In 2013, Italy hosted an expert consultation on public health aspects of migration in collaboration with WHO/Europe.
Top storyRescue in the Mediterranean: learning from the Italian experience
Since early 2016, Italy has served as the main point of entry to Europe for migrants and refugees. To learn from the Italian authorities' significant experience, participants of the Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health took part in a field trip that included a simulated search-and-rescue operation and triage exercise.
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