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 story

Collaboration between the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy, and the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on strengthening primary care and community hospitals

With the launch of a new project entitled, “Emilia-Romagna Region–Brazilian Unified health System (RER–SUS) intermediate care: exchange of experience and organizational knowledge between Italy and Brazil”, the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy and the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil are demonstrating how powerful a tool international collaboration can be in promoting effective and innovative practice.

WHO/Europe offices

WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development
Ospedale SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Corridoio S. Domenico, 1st fl.
Castello 6777
Venice 30122
Tel.: +39 04 12793847

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health
Lungotevere Ripa, 1
Rome 00153
Tel.: +39 06 59945292
Fax: +39 06 59945609

Data and statistics


Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2010)

More data and statistics