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Is Having Your Own "medico Curante" Mandatory?

Discussion in 'Health and Education' started by Rosie, May 7, 2013.

  1. Is it mandatory to have your own family doctor?
    I have mine since 2008, he's a great doctor and I'm lucky to have chosen him, it seems he's among the best ones in town.
    However, is having a 'medico curante' a mandatory thing? Or is it OK to not have one at all, even if you're a resident?
  2. I don't think it is mandatory, however if you work you will need one. If you call in sick you must then produce a medical certificate to justify your absence. This can only be produced by your doctor.

    If you are ever ill you will need to see your doctor for a cure. You could go to Pronto Soccorso but if it's not urgent they will make you pay (around €30)

    If you are living in Italy then it is always worth being registered with a Medico Curante. (doctor) To see any kind of specialist doctor in a hospital / private clinic you will usually need a referral from your doctor.

    The good news is that being registered to a doctor is free.
  3. Why not choose one anyway, it's free :p
    I chose my doctor the first year I came here and, even if I rarely visit him, it's nice to know that whenever I have a problem I have my doctor who can help me.

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