The Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN)
The SSN, founded in 1978, was created with the aim of providing the entire population of Italy with efficient and uniform healthcare. Citizens and expat residents are entitled to free or low-cost healthcare, but in recent years the system has been struggling to keep the population healthy amid budget cuts, rising drug prices, and an ageing population.
The basic principle of the Italian health system is that health is a the fundamental right of everyone. It is not only the fundamental right of all people, it is also regarded as public interest of the state and is protected with the help of the SSN (
Servicio Sanitaris Nazionale).