Healthcare means having the ability to see a doctor, have examinations and be treated in the event of medical conditions or diseases arising. In Italy, national healthcare is also guaranteed to non-EU nationals whose documents are not in order. Italian law prevents healthcare professionals (doctors and hospital workers) reporting irregular migrants. Everyone is entitled to healthcare and will be treated in hospitals even if not in possession of a residence permit.
In order to benefit from all medical services, one needs to be registered with the National Health System. After registration, the patient is entitled to assistance at health centres and hospitals and to be assigned a medico di base, a G.P (General Practitioner).