Health care for foreign citizens and for citizens not registered with the National Health Service
Citizens of EU and non-EU countries or Italian nationals residing abroad who are not registered with the Italian health service may program and undergo cancer diagnostic and therapeutic procedures at the Veneto Institute of Oncology. For more information, please contact the appropriate office at firstname.lastname@example.org. An initial evaluation will allow you to understand if you can start your journey at our Institute and the estimated costs of your cancer care (see below, “how to start”).
In general, all costs for diagnostic services and planned care are the responsibility of the citizen not registered with the Italian national health service (SSN).
The rate applied is that of “self-pay”, as indicated by regional legislation for specialist services, drugs not otherwise included in the treatment plan and foreseen hospital admissions.
A non-registered citizen, therefore, is not required to pay private practice rates, unless he or she expressly intends to be cared for by a single professional from our Institute.
Advance payment is required for programmed care.
EU citizens can receive diagnostic services and planned treatments at the expense of their own country by presenting the appropriate authorization form (called S2 form; ex E112) issued by the competent health institution. Further information is available in the website of the European Union.
Patients who have private health insurance will have to anticipate the full costs of services, then request reimbursement from their insurance companies.
How to start
To begin the process, please send an email to the email@example.com and specify:
- name, surname, sex and age of the patient;
- patient’s citizenship;
- the type of tumor for which you are seeking treatment in our Institute;
- all health records related to the cancer diagnosis (e.g., reports and radiological images such as CT or PET, biopsy reports and anatomical-pathological examinations such as histological or cytological examinations, reports of previous oncological visits), preferably translated into Italian or English.
The documentation will be forwarded to our specialists for evaluation. However, you can expect that an initial office visit with a specialist may be necessary to decide the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment path. No diagnosis or prognosis will be released or discussed via email.
Next, based on the indications provided by the specialist, a quote for the total cost of care will be issued. The patient who accepts the quote will to sign a commitment to pay, provide at least one identity document or other required documentation, and pay the amount indicated before the start of medical care.
At the end of this procedure, the certification necessary to apply for a medical treatment visa can be issued. This visa allows the legal stay in Italy for the entire duration of the programmed care.
All sensitive patient data will be processed, in compliance with current legislation, only for the purposes intended, i.e. the start of medical treatment, and will not be disclosed to third parties.
At our Institute, hospital services can also be provided in an emergency/urgent cancer care situation (services that cannot be deferred or programmed without risk for the patient’s life or health). In these cases, payment is postponed until the end of the service, if the burden is borne by the patient.
Italian citizens registered in AIRE are entitled to free urgent hospital treatment in accordance with the Italian legislation.