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Medical Services

All foreigners have the same right as Italians to free emergency medical treatment in a public hospital in Venice. However, other medical care is not necessarily covered.

EU, Switzerland, Norway & Iceland Citizens are entitled to the full range of health-care services in public hospitals free of charge upon presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Australia Thanks to a reciprocal arrangement with Italy, Australian citizens are entitled to free public health care – carry your Medicare card.

New Zealand, USA & Canada Citizens of these and other countries have to pay for anything other than emergency treatment. Most travel-insurance policies include medical coverage.

Emergency Clinics

Opening hours of medical services vary, though most are open 8am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday, and some open for a couple of hours on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Guardia Medica This service of night-time call-out doctors in Venice operates from 8pm to 8am on weekdays and from 10am the day before a holiday (including Sunday) until 8am the day after.

Ospedale SS. Giovanni e Paolo Venice's main hospital; for emergency care and dental treatment.

Ospedale dell’Angelo Vast modern hospital on the mainland.


Most pharmacies in Venice are open from 9am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm, and are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Information on rotating late-night pharmacies is posted in pharmacy windows and listed in the free magazine Un Ospite di Venezia as well as on its website (www.unospitedivenezia.it).