Free EHIC card
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Found 24th Mar 2014
I know it's free all the time, but I've read recently about so many people being conned into paying for these cards on certain websites. Thought I'd put a reminder up here with holiday season coming up. This card gets you free, or reduced health care when travelling in Europe. I filled in an online form and got my card within 2 weeks. Better to be safe than sorry!!

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ehic.org.uk/Int….do

- arma_gera

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Thanks just ordered heat added

Good idea to post. Remember that the "unofficial" sites that charge for this free card are often very slick and very convincing in their attempts to fool you into thinking they are the correct government site.

They are also often above the real site in search engine results - often because they pay to be. These cards cost nothing at all.

am i missing something the link in post goes to: ehiccard.org/ - they seemto charge o A processing £19.99 fee is now required per application.

this is the official link ehic.org.uk/: nhs.uk/NHS…spxehic.org.uk/
Edited by: "fizz" 25th Mar 2014

fizz

am i missing something the link in post goes to: http://www.ehiccard.org/ … am i missing something the link in post goes to: http://www.ehiccard.org/ - they seemto charge o A processing £19.99 fee is now required per application.this is the official link https://www.ehic.org.uk/: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx https://www.ehic.org.uk/



Yes you are, there's alot of websites which take your money and details then just add them to the official website

Buy travel insurance, if you break your leg these cards are worthless.

jennyrob669

Buy travel insurance, if you break your leg these cards are worthless.



Or do both?

Thanks for the reminder, ours expired 3 days ago!

We Like "free"

jennyrob669

Buy travel insurance, if you break your leg these cards are worthless.



I can assure you that most travel insurance's will expect you to have the EHIC when travelling in Europe as they will not cover medical costs where free healthcare is available.

Cheers!

Thanks..

Thankyou reminders like this are always helpful !

All travel insurance will cover you whether the local health care is free or not. The card provides reduced cost cover for the majority of accidents. So if you do break your leg, you may pay £2000 instead of £5000 in medical bills. It's always better to have correct travel insurance instead of believing you are fully covered by this card.

leypb

Or do both?


Both is good. I'll go with that.

jennyrob669

All travel insurance will cover you whether the local health care is free … All travel insurance will cover you whether the local health care is free or not. The card provides reduced cost cover for the majority of accidents. So if you do break your leg, you may pay £2000 instead of £5000 in medical bills. It's always better to have correct travel insurance instead of believing you are fully covered by this card.



This card enables you to be treated as a local. So in Spain you'd receive the same free treatment they would or pay the same. Travel insurance would be still be advisable as its extra costs like repatriation etc.

may need to renew mine soon so heat added thanks

thanks for the reminder as mine ran out last week

This post is almost as annoying as when people post a free film on bbc iplayer. If you don't already know about these cards you probably deserve to get travellers diarrhoea (Ps you can get free smoke alarms fitted from the fire brigade)

Original Poster

mdekq007

This post is almost as annoying as when people post a free film on bbc … This post is almost as annoying as when people post a free film on bbc iplayer. If you don't already know about these cards you probably deserve to get travellers diarrhoea (Ps you can get free smoke alarms fitted from the fire brigade)



Maybe not everyone is the genius you clearly are. Was merely a reminder.

How often do these need renewing?

mdekq007

This post is almost as annoying as when people post a free film on bbc … This post is almost as annoying as when people post a free film on bbc iplayer. If you don't already know about these cards you probably deserve to get travellers diarrhoea (Ps you can get free smoke alarms fitted from the fire brigade)




It's called being helpful. You might like to try it some time instead of pathetic unhelpful annoying comments like yours????

jimmyk1889

It's called being helpful. You might like to try it some time instead of … It's called being helpful. You might like to try it some time instead of pathetic unhelpful annoying comments like yours????



I'm crabby today and this 'deal' now pops up every month. I contribute quite a lot to the site hence my solar flare status. You may want to think about your words before you type Mr matchstick man.

Heat given. Cheers.

Should be in Misc ...

Any person who is ordinarily resident in the UK, and is of British, other EU/EEA or Swiss nationality, is eligible for an EHIC. You can apply online and free of charge via the official EHIC application form. oh well anyway

Banned

These are great never thought id need it but ended up in a a dutch hospital for a night!, my dutch mate said it's 1,500 euros just for a bed!

I called them as im off to turkey next month however they I cant use it over there even though turkey is in Europe oh well I hope it comes in handy one day

jimmyk1889

How often do these need renewing?



I think 5 years

Ok little reminder for people with these, they are only any good if you end up in a state hospital, in private hospitals they are useless.

For example, you go on holiday to Crete, cut your leg, you phone ambulance, takes you to Malia Medical Centre. This card is useless, as that place is a private centre, like most medical centres in tourist areas these are all private, so you need proper travel insurance.

So if you do need to go to a hospital while abroad, and you are not in imminent risk of death, get a taxi and insist to go to a State hospital, of course if you have proper travel insurance, have it with you, as well as your flight tickets (arriving and leaving) and passport etc, and with a bit of luck they will pay for everything for you.

Also keep in mind if you are hurt while on a hotel property, they will also have insurance which will cover you, so have a word with the manager.

As per comments above (Dutch - gulp!), mixed bag as usual, but kudo's to OP on posting. I knew about this from MSE a little while ago, but only just ordered for the 5 of us a fortnight ago as had not needed till now. Came in 48hrs flat - excellent service I must say. Kids are proud they have another bit of flash plastic for their wallets (I'll keep them while we're away - thank you!).

We are off in Easter Hols for 4 days (budgeted trip to Mallorca). I was figuring with ATOL provided protection and EHIC, we had enough coverage, then read the usual horror stories here, tripadvisor and .Gov websites and decided to try a few Travel Insurance quotes on most of the usual cashback websites most of us use (and my regular 4 - Comparethemarket, Go Compare, Confused & Moneysupermarket - and yes I always think of the 4 catchy/tacky adverts for each to recall them, advertising does pay!).

Extremely happy to get coverage for family of 5 for 4 days (think its same for 14 or 17 days) to Europe for just £6.50, including pretty hefty delay and baggage coverage. Didn't bother with Bankruptcy cover - as Ryanair are not going down! It'd be silly to not pay this, so I guess all I wanted to say is for this price just make sure you are covered, it really does cost pennies - and I am watching every one. Yes you can pay a bit more (and there was one at £6.39, with a lot less coverage and more excess - and about 25 more below £30) for better coverage, but I'd feel silly if something went wrong for not having paid at least this amount of money.

btw, Direct Line quoted £96 for same product - bunch of s*****-**gs. Just thought I'd peek following their new sleek ads - waste of time (Ads don't always pay!)

Oh yeah, main things I wanted to say, is having EHIC card will mean most insurers will not charge you excess on any claim you make for medical costs - so really it makes travel insurance cheaper too. Invaluable item to have for any covered country. I guess its kinda like covering all bases, having too much insurance etc - bit like previous comment mentioned also re Hotel coverage.

This trip I'm taking family on (my 1st in 10 years) is entirely based on advice and tips from online users on sites I've mentioned (& HUKD in a big way) - I cannot thank the positive peoples here enough. Looking forward to get some sun!

Edited by: "hussaifa" 27th Mar 2014

Always has been free ( for at least 8 years anyway if not more. Never had a problem with using wrong site, Not sure if it's a deal though as you only get charged if go to wrong site,

hussaifa

As per comments above (Dutch - gulp!), mixed bag as usual, but kudo's to … As per comments above (Dutch - gulp!), mixed bag as usual, but kudo's to OP on posting. I knew about this from MSE a little while ago, but only just ordered for the 5 of us a fortnight ago as had not needed till now. Came in 48hrs flat - excellent service I must say. Kids are proud they have another bit of flash plastic for their wallets (I'll keep them while we're away - thank you!).We are off in Easter Hols for 4 days (budgeted trip to Mallorca). I was figuring with ATOL provided protection and EHIC, we had enough coverage, then read the usual horror stories here, tripadvisor and .Gov websites and decided to try a few Travel Insurance quotes on most of the usual cashback websites most of us use (and my regular 4 - Comparethemarket, Go Compare, Confused & Moneysupermarket - and yes I always think of the 4 catchy/tacky adverts for each to recall them, advertising does pay!).Extremely happy to get coverage for family of 5 for 4 days (think its same for 14 or 17 days) to Europe for just £6.50, including pretty hefty delay and baggage coverage. Didn't bother with Bankruptcy cover - as Ryanair are not going down! It'd be silly to not pay this, so I guess all I wanted to say is for this price just make sure you are covered, it really does cost pennies - and I am watching every one. Yes you can pay a bit more (and there was one at £6.39, with a lot less coverage and more excess - and about 25 more below £30) for better coverage, but I'd feel silly if something went wrong for not having paid at least this amount of money.btw, Direct Line quoted £96 for same product - bunch of s*****-**gs. Just thought I'd peek following their new sleek ads - waste of time (Ads don't always pay!)Oh yeah, main things I wanted to say, is having EHIC card will mean most insurers will not charge you excess on any claim you make for medical costs - so really it makes travel insurance cheaper too. Invaluable item to have for any covered country. I guess its kinda like covering all bases, having too much insurance etc - bit like previous comment mentioned also re Hotel coverage.This trip I'm taking family on (my 1st in 10 years) is entirely based on advice and tips from online users on sites I've mentioned (& HUKD in a big way) - I cannot thank the positive peoples here enough. Looking forward to get some sun!



I have found it really hard to get card accepted. Most Hospitals abroad are private as opposed to health service and won't take the cards. meaning insurance access has to be paid, unless of course you have gold insurance with no access which after a few bouts of hols tummy ( not myself) I thoroughly recommend.

fizz

am i missing something the link in post goes to: http://www.ehiccard.org/ … am i missing something the link in post goes to: http://www.ehiccard.org/ - they seemto charge o A processing £19.99 fee is now required per application.this is the official link https://www.ehic.org.uk/: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx https://www.ehic.org.uk/



"Online Service available 24/7

Unlike the NHSBSA our website operates 27 hours a day,
365 days a year allowing signup to the insurance service at any time of
your convenience.
"

On holiday know and had to go to hospital and they asked for the card and when I go t the prescription if I did not have the card I would have had to pay 125 euros for my tablets instead of 4.40 euros. So was well worth getting the card

mans60

On holiday know and had to go to hospital and they asked for the card and … On holiday know and had to go to hospital and they asked for the card and when I go t the prescription if I did not have the card I would have had to pay 125 euros for my tablets instead of 4.40 euros. So was well worth getting the card


Lets hope people listen..

Thanks.
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