Well, my luck ran out and I had my first experience with the Italian medical system. I was getting strong abdominal pains on my right side which didn’t go away despite the fact that I ignored them as much as possible. I finally gave up and went to see a doctor. When the doctor gave me a quick examination, he sent me directly to the hospital in the nearby town of Poggibonsi, with a note for bloodwork and a sonogram. Not the outcome I was hoping for.
If the two experiences I had with the doctor and the hospital visits are a fair indication of what is common here, I expect I will be happy with any issues in the future. It was an efficient, professional, and affordable process. As an American living in Tuscany, the Italian medical system get an A+ so far with me.