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 storyRegional Director visits Trapani to see the frontlines of migration in Sicily
On 14–15 November 2016, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab visited the southern Italian region of Sicily to launch the new European Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration.
- Technical briefing: unaccompanied minors in Europe – implications for health, social and education sectors
- Regional Director visits Trapani to see the frontlines of migration in Sicily
- Maternal health and migration – a new HEN report outlines evidence for tackling inequalities
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