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Health care for Italian citizens

 

Health care for Italian citizens

No health care agreement exists between Italy and Canada.

Italian citizens who move to Canada will not be covered by the Italian health care system, either in Italy or abroad, once they are cancelled from the municipal rolls and registered in the Registry of Italians Living Abroad (A.I.R.E.). For further information please consult the webpage of the Ministero della Salute (Italian Ministry of Health).

In accordance with the Decree of the Italian Ministry of Health dated February 1, 1996, Italian citizens who are emigrants (i.e. born in Italy), as well as pensioners receiving an Italian pension, are covered by the Italian public health care system for hospital emergency treatment only, while temporarily visiting Italy, up to a maximum of 90 days per year and limited to the difference between the portion reimbursed by the Canadian public health care system and the amount billed by the Italian health care provider.

Those eligible wishing to obtain coverage may self-certify their status as an immigrant who has maintained Italian citizenship or as a pensioner in receipt of an Italian pension, by filling out the attached form and submitting it to the designated ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale), together with a copy of their valid photo ID.

Please note that in case of hospitalization in Italy, the public health care plans of Ontario, Manitoba and NW Territories will partially cover out-of-province medical expenses as follows:

Ontario residents

If you reside in Ontario you are covered by the “Ontario Health Insurance Plan” (OHIP), the government-run health insurance program. When travelling abroad you are entitled to funding in the amount of $50.00 Canadian dollars per day for physician services and $200 CDN per day for hospital/health facility services.

N.B.: The documentation required for reimbursement by OHIP for out-of-country medical expenses must be original and must contain the following information: a) name, signature of attending physician or authorized hospital representative, b) detailed description of services, c) itemized date and fee for each service.

For further related information please consult OHIP’S webpage or phone Service Ontario at 1-866-523-3161.

In conclusion, given the above considerations, you are strongly advised to purchase additional and sufficient private health insurance coverage before leaving Canada.

Manitoba residents

If you reside in Manitoba you are covered by Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, the government-run health insurance program.

If you receive out-of-country medical care or hospitalization, Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors will cover costs based on predetermined daily rates. Out-of-country emergency services are limited to a maximum of $100 Canadian dollars per visit.
For further related information please consult the webpage of “Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors” or phone 1-800-392-1207.

In conclusion, given the above considerations, you are strongly advised to purchase additional and sufficient private health insurance coverage before leaving Canada.

NW Territories residents

If you reside in the NW Territories you are covered by “NWT Health Care Plan”. If you receive out-of-country medical care or hospitalization the “NWT Health Care Plan” will cover costs based on predetermined daily rates.

For further related information please consult the webpage of “NWT Health Care Plan”.

In conclusion, given the above considerations, you are strongly advised to purchase additional and sufficient private health insurance coverage before leaving Canada.

Updated on 27/01/2016

 


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