Free EHIC Card if you apply direct (European Health Insurance Card) for European Travel
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Free EHIC Card if you apply direct (European Health Insurance Card) for European Travel

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Found 11th Jun 2013
don't forget your EHIC card if going to europe this summer. free and reduced price health care in europe and switzerland, should arrive in 10 days, so order now

and don't pay via a dubious website they are free on the nhs site

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Original Poster

yeah we all know about it, but we all forget, so apply now before you go on holiday.
and definately do not pay for one, they are free, no admin fee is neccessary..

ps. you'll need real travel insurance as well

these have always been free

Just be aware of whats happening in some spanish hospitals if you have to go there supposedly the european commission are going to fine them

Original Poster

baker_1038

these have always been free



the first hit on google for EHIC is europeanhealthcard.org.uk/pag…?18 and they charge £23.50

or maybe ehicdirect.org.uk £19.99

A Check and Send service (wow they check your name address, dob, and NI number) thats well worth the extras



Edited by: "whatyadoinsucka" 11th Jun 2013

hot, if only as a reminder to people not to pay for these.

Thanks, just reminded me. Am going Belgium in 2 weeks.

how pm earth can they charge people its so wrong

whatyadoinsucka

the first hit on google for EHIC is … the first hit on google for EHIC is https://www.europeanhealthcard.org.uk/page.php?18 and they charge £23.50or maybe ehicdirect.org.uk £19.99A Check and Send service (wow they check your name address, dob, and NI number) thats well worth the extras



Sounds like you've got Google Ads switched on

whatyadoinsucka

ps. you'll need real travel insurance as well



If you have travel insurance the hospitals will always use it.
Its best to say you don't have any insurance when they ask and they will then use the ehic.
If you don't get a ehic and just rely on your paid travel insurance you will likely find your insurance invalid due to your failure to take reasonable care.

Thanks OP, I for one appreciate the reminder! Checked my card and it expires in a month, so got my renewal application in.

Just a point worth mentioning:
You need to carry your card with you at all times because if you are involved in an accident and are taken to Hospital say by ambulance, you need to present the card at the point of treatment they won't let you go back to your hotel to get it!
It is no use at all if you don't have it with you when you are injured!
.....Not a lot of people know that as Paul Daniels would say! oO

I have one but dont really know what It does compared to travel insurance and whatnot

heat - this is a good reminder -
Edited by: "courshor" 12th Jun 2013

You may want to avoid a hospital stay in Spain though...
bbc.co.uk/new…147 (if it can be helped... )

Edited by: "courshor" 12th Jun 2013

Thanks for a reminder and hints!

willysnapper

Just a point worth mentioning:You need to carry your card with you at all … Just a point worth mentioning:You need to carry your card with you at all times because if you are involved in an accident and are taken to Hospital say by ambulance, you need to present the card at the point of treatment they won't let you go back to your hotel to get it!


The NHS helpline can and will fax a copy to the hospital in an emergency.

Your health insurance provider will issue you with a provisional … Your health insurance provider will issue you with a provisional replacement certificate and, in more urgent cases, can send it to you by fax or e-mail in the country where you are staying.

ec.europa.eu/soc…559
The QR for the phone app is on the web page. Worth downloading as it has every countries contact details.


planning to go Europe thanx

slharbron

The NHS helpline can and will fax a copy to the hospital in an … The NHS helpline can and will fax a copy to the hospital in an emergency.http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=559The QR for the phone app is on the web page. Worth downloading as it has every countries contact details.


Thanks for the QR info slharbron, I've snagged that for my phone if its updated regularly it will be an invaluable resource.
I note that your quote above was taken from the Para. headed "Lost Or Stolen Card", wouldn't like to put it to the test, when the true fact is likely "Couldn't be bovvered to carry it"!

aoqy23

If you have travel insurance the hospitals will always use it.Its best to … If you have travel insurance the hospitals will always use it.Its best to say you don't have any insurance when they ask and they will then use the ehic.If you don't get a ehic and just rely on your paid travel insurance you will likely find your insurance invalid due to your failure to take reasonable care.



Have you ever actuallu used an EHIC card with travel insurance?
Because what you posted is drivel.

If you have an EHIC card your travel insurance will even waive the excess charge for you if you need to use it.
Edited by: "bobmccluckie" 12th Jun 2013

whatyadoinsucka

the first hit on google for EHIC is … the first hit on google for EHIC is https://www.europeanhealthcard.org.uk/page.php?18 and they charge £23.50or maybe ehicdirect.org.uk £19.99A Check and Send service (wow they check your name address, dob, and NI number) thats well worth the extras



Wouldn't have thought HUKD users would fall for these scams.

Remember that the EHIC doesn't provide you will full health cover protection in the EU. I would still recommend getting a separate policy.

Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. Anyway, travel insurance is fairly cheap & essential. Speaking as an expat if you have any sense you will stay in the UK, I find foreigners to be hostile & threatening. Only another 3 years & I can return to London after a period of 5 years as a tax exile.

balmots

Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. … Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. Anyway, travel insurance is fairly cheap & essential. Speaking as an expat if you have any sense you will stay in the UK, I find foreigners to be hostile & threatening. Only another 3 years & I can return to London after a period of 5 years as a tax exile.



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Original Poster

Obviuosly you'll need to have a NI number

I don't usually bother commenting when there's a debate as to what makes a freebie, but from personal experience, my wife was about to go through an site that charges an admin fee (she said after 'it looked very genuine, like the NHS site'). If I hadn't seen it posted on here multiple times, I'd probably have handed my credit card over instead of slapping some sense into her.

Useful info.

I'm not planning on going anywhere this year, but probably will within the next couple of years. Is it a good idea for me to get one now so I don't forget?

Can I ask a daft question ? My son aged 13 is going to Belgium as part of the army cadets summer camp. Can I apply for one of these for him. I am totally clueless as I have never travelled abroad.

yes, but remember it only gets medical treatment. If he needs an air ambulance home or a period of convalescence you are on your own and need holiday insurance as well.

Thank you for your advice

It is free anyway you should not pay for it!!!!

balmots

Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. … Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. Anyway, travel insurance is fairly cheap & essential. Speaking as an expat if you have any sense you will stay in the UK, I find foreigners to be hostile & threatening. Only another 3 years & I can return to London after a period of 5 years as a tax exile.



If they are hostile and threatening to you perhaps you should re-evaluate yourself. You'll probably find they have a very good reason...

Heat it up people!!!!

need to renew mine.

balmots

Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. … Not all British citizens are entitled to a EHIC. I have been told so. Anyway, travel insurance is fairly cheap & essential. Speaking as an expat if you have any sense you will stay in the UK, I find foreigners to be hostile & threatening. Only another 3 years & I can return to London after a period of 5 years as a tax exile.



From the nhs website:

"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."

&

"If your nationality is not one of those mentioned above you’ll have to provide evidence that you are ordinarily resident in the UK. Proof of entitlement could be your visa, a letter from the Home Office, a letter from your employer or an approved A1, S1, E101, E106 or E109 form. You cannot apply online."

My wife is Polish and has an EHIC. She is not a hostile foreigner, has a job, pays NI and income tax... presumably unlike you did and wish to do....

A tax exile is "a person who chooses to leave a country with a high tax burden and instead to reside in a foreign nation or jurisdiction which takes a lower portion of earnings. Going into tax exile is a means of tax mitigation or avoidance."

Cheers mate.

Oh, even though it has been posted before, a yearly reminder in the freebie section is always good, whatya. Heat added.

First time abroad in years, just realised I needed to renew this, thanks OP

frenchy77

Oh, even though it has been posted before, a yearly reminder in the … Oh, even though it has been posted before, a yearly reminder in the freebie section is always good, whatya. Heat added.




If only it was posted only once a year. Last time was in March, and in January before that.

To be honest, every time this gets posted I recommend that HUKD set up a section for permanent freebies like this and the BiteCard (I expect to see that re-posted shortly) - seems to fall on deaf ears though.
Edited by: "theyiddo" 18th Jun 2013

Some points to note.

these only entilite you to the same "NHS" style treatment that nationals of that country get, in public hospitals.

The issue is, in many holiday resorts, spain, greek islands, the hospitals and drs surgeries are PRIVATE and as such these are no use what so ever.
If you wish to go to a public hospital you could be looking at an hour or two journey by ambulance... if you can find one that will take you, if you are conscious enough to ask for it !

TRAVEL INSURANCE is essential for going abroad and if you are concerned pay a little extra to get one with zero excess.
EHIC cards are all well and good for certain things in certain places, but if you have an accident you want to be treated quickly and that will usually mean the closest place available so make sure you are covered, and for what you want to do eg outdoor sports etc, luggage loss, cancellation, repatriation. These are massively expensive to privately pay for and ive had families crying begging me for help when hit with bills of 1000s of pounds for medical bills, or to fly a deceased member home, that they cant afford to pay, simply because they didnt get a £10 insurance policy.
im sure im speaking to the converted and not meant to be preaching but if youve ever worked in a resort abroad and dealt with this time and time again you will be doing the same.
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