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Posted 23rd Jun

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Just a quick reminder that we're all still entitled to an EHIC health card which helps with medical assistance when travelling in the EU

I know this has been posted a few times, but it's worth reminding everyone that this is a FREE card and you don't need to go through a middle man or pay any fees at all.

And with our exit from the EU delayed until the end of Oct 2019 (subject to change) this will cover us for the summer at least!

From the NHS site:

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 2019, your access to healthcare when visiting an EU country is likely to change. If you are planning to visit on or after October 31 2019, you should continue to buy travel insurance so you can get the healthcare treatment you need, just as you would if visiting a non-EU country.

If you are using an EHIC issued by the UK, this will still be valid until October 31 2019.

A valid EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, in many cases, free of charge.

For example, in some countries, patients are expected to directly contribute a percentage towards the cost of their state-provided treatment. This is known as a patient co-payment. If you receive treatment under this type of healthcare system, you are expected to pay the same co-payment charge as a patient from that country.

The EHIC also covers the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth or seek treatment. For more information about what is covered in each country, see our country-by-country guide.

The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. It is also not valid on cruises.

It is therefore important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

If you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment, read the section on seeking medical treatment in Europe.
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tiktoktik23/06/2019 09:32

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Alot of travel insurance requires you to have the card!
Although we had insurance, we used her EHIC in Corallejo, Fuertaventura in May this year. Saw a doctor within 5 mins of arriving at the clinic, blood and urine tests with results inside a further 15 mins, back to the doctor and a prescription a few mins later. 2Euro bus back to the chemist where antibiotics and pain killers were dispensed. Cost of drugs was less than one Euro after the 10 Euro rebate for 'pensionista'
Far quicker and much less cost than the deduction taken by using our insurance.
Spanish hospitals frequently will not speak any other language because of rules but google translate makes most things easy.
Edited by: "pa55word123" 23rd Jun
Does not replace the need for travel insurance which covers loads of other things
Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , it's so cheap compared to the rest of the holiday there's no reason not to have travel insurance really. Luckily never used either and hopefully never will.
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This is good, so you can get a prescription in France whenever you need anything else than paracetamol. Just combine with the £25 ferry deal.
tiktoktik23/06/2019 09:32

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Alot of travel insurance requires you to have the card!
Does not replace the need for travel insurance which covers loads of other things
roythomas794623/06/2019 09:55

Does not replace the need for travel insurance which covers loads of other …Does not replace the need for travel insurance which covers loads of other things


Totally agree, just cancelled holiday for medical reasons if I'd not had travel insurance I'd now be £3000 out of pocket.
Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , it's so cheap compared to the rest of the holiday there's no reason not to have travel insurance really. Luckily never used either and hopefully never will.
john_chappell23/06/2019 09:50

Take a …Take a readhttps://www.travelinsuranceexplained.co.uk/top-tips/public-vs-private-hospitals/


It's a good idea to ask company whether they use private hospital before buying insurance. Have found there's usually a minimal difference in policy price for company's that allow private hospital care.
Edited by: "MEGAONE" 23rd Jun
john_chappell23/06/2019 09:43

Alot of travel insurance requires you to have the card!


I've never been asked if I have card,and due to a medical condition I always phone to arrange cover.
I’ve got travel insurance. Do I need to have this card as well?
Although we had insurance, we used her EHIC in Corallejo, Fuertaventura in May this year. Saw a doctor within 5 mins of arriving at the clinic, blood and urine tests with results inside a further 15 mins, back to the doctor and a prescription a few mins later. 2Euro bus back to the chemist where antibiotics and pain killers were dispensed. Cost of drugs was less than one Euro after the 10 Euro rebate for 'pensionista'
Far quicker and much less cost than the deduction taken by using our insurance.
Spanish hospitals frequently will not speak any other language because of rules but google translate makes most things easy.
Edited by: "pa55word123" 23rd Jun
pa55word12323/06/2019 10:49

Although we had insurance, we used her EHIC in Corallejo, Fuertaventura in …Although we had insurance, we used her EHIC in Corallejo, Fuertaventura in May this year. Saw a doctor within 5 mins of arriving at the clinic, blood and urine tests with results inside a further 15 mins, back to the doctor and a prescription a few mins later. 2Euro bus back to the chemist where antibiotics and pain killers were dispensed. Cost of drugs was less than one Euro after the 10 Euro rebate for 'pensionista' Far quicker and much less cost than the deduction taken by using our insurance. Spanish hospitals frequently will not speak any other language because of rules but google translate makes most things easy.


Take both then?
Thank you for this info
MEGAONE23/06/2019 11:45

Take both then?


If you have both you can decide at the time of any illness or injury which to use. It's dependant on your confidence to communicate in the local language, seriousness of the condition and the potential costs involved. In our case the condition was fairly minor, we knew where the clinic was and also the bus routes and our way round the town.
FYI our holiday was two weeks in lanzarote but we took a 5 day trip in the middle to fuertaventura using public transport and our own resources. That will give you some idea of our ability to get by and communicate in Spanish.
Yea we go to Lanzorte twice sometimes 4 times a year. Did u go to La Graciosa?
tiktoktik23/06/2019 09:32

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that until you need it, then observe your premium go up
Not a deal though.
the__cat23/06/2019 15:27

Not a deal though.


True. It’s not a deal. This topic should have been moved into discussions section.
MEGAONE23/06/2019 12:47

Yea we go to Lanzorte twice sometimes 4 times a year. Did u go to La …Yea we go to Lanzorte twice sometimes 4 times a year. Did u go to La Graciosa?



Not this time, We were based in PDC and stayed at the Jable Bermudas, about half way between CC Atlantico and Burger King. Mrs P wasn't feeling too good and it turned into a full blown water infection on the first day of our outing to Fuertaventura.
the__cat23/06/2019 15:27

Not a deal though.


I thought I listed it in the Freebie section
pa55word12323/06/2019 18:08

Not this time, We were based in PDC and stayed at the Jable Bermudas, …Not this time, We were based in PDC and stayed at the Jable Bermudas, about half way between CC Atlantico and Burger King. Mrs P wasn't feeling too good and it turned into a full blown water infection on the first day of our outing to Fuertaventura.


Och nothing worse, sure maybe you'll get to the La Graciosa next time you're over, so different than the rest of the islands really is unspoilt.
Its a common myth that travel insurance policies require a EHIC card.....they don’t. Always buy from a reputable site and should make this clear. EHIC only entitles you to care free at the point of need, many hospitals on the continent will refuse to treat you if you don’t have travel cover. Travel insurance covers more than health cover and you are fool to not have it
singhisking6823/06/2019 09:47

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If you think travel insurance entitles you to PRIVATE treatment everywhere you really need to read up on it. IT DOES NOT.Usually not.
Edited by: "joyf4536" 23rd Jun
mel.mcallister23/06/2019 10:41

I’ve got travel insurance. Do I need to have this card as well?


In the area covered by the card (EU+) YES. If you read the small print many travel insurance policies require it.
oscarcat23/06/2019 10:16

Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , …Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , it's so cheap compared to the rest of the holiday there's no reason not to have travel insurance really. Luckily never used either and hopefully never will.


Travel insurance is very cheap for some people. But for those with some pre-existing conditions or the elderly it can cost a LOT more than the holiday.
Weird how you need an extra card to get the reciprocal agreement with the EEA & Switzerland to be enforced but where the UK has such healthcare agreements with countries outside western Europe (e.g. Australia) you generally just have to show your passport.

Seems like an extra layer of bureaucracy for the sake of it.
johnmcgough23/06/2019 20:27

Its a common myth that travel insurance policies require a EHIC …Its a common myth that travel insurance policies require a EHIC card.....they don’t. Always buy from a reputable site and should make this clear. EHIC only entitles you to care free at the point of need, many hospitals on the continent will refuse to treat you if you don’t have travel cover. Travel insurance covers more than health cover and you are fool to not have it


Try reading. You do need travel insurance as well though. That covers emergency flights home etc as well.
Not to mention some insurance will not cover you if you've have been drinking etc where an ehic card will

telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/10102709/Do-we-need-an-EHIC-card-to-travel.html
Edited by: "john_chappell" 23rd Jun
Fancy some easy heat? Post the monthly EHIC reminder!!
joyf453623/06/2019 22:03

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I met someone recently who had a serious accident in Spain which required 4 weeks hospitalisation. The bill was covered by their EHIC card which surprised me. It came to several thousand pounds. I always thought the EHIC card covered low cost health issues cuts sprains infections etc.
Edited by: "johnnyd57uk" 23rd Jun
joyf453623/06/2019 22:27

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As a long time T1 Diabetic travel insurance prices have became a major factor in where we holiday. However I had to cancel an expensive holiday 2weeks b4 we were due to go. I paid £86 for the year and had full cost of holiday refunded. If I'd used the EHIC card as my only health insurance I'd have lost all the money I'd worked hard to save for holiday.
*Above comment has nothing to do with leave/remain.
Edited by: "MEGAONE" 23rd Jun
oscarcat23/06/2019 10:16

Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , …Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , it's so cheap compared to the rest of the holiday there's no reason not to have travel insurance really. Luckily never used either and hopefully never will.


Unless you're old or had health issues
just to sum up. It's free, get one and enjoy the advantages whilst you can. Bon vacances
oscarcat23/06/2019 10:16

Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , …Alway take my EHIC card abroad, but also always take Travel insurance , it's so cheap compared to the rest of the holiday there's no reason not to have travel insurance really. Luckily never used either and hopefully never will.


Not so cheap if you have significant pre-existing conditions. If we lose EHIC it may mean the end of foreign travel for my wife.
faddy5424/06/2019 00:55

Not so cheap if you have significant pre-existing conditions. If we lose …Not so cheap if you have significant pre-existing conditions. If we lose EHIC it may mean the end of foreign travel for my wife.



As a long time T1 Diabetic travel insurance prices have became a major factor in where we holiday. However I had to cancel an expensive holiday 2weeks b4 we were due to go. I paid £86 for the year and had full cost of holiday refunded. If I'd used the EHIC card as my only health insurance I'd have lost all the money I'd worked hard to save for holiday.
What an absolute mess of a comment section.
Still no excuse not to have travel insurance .I've paid for cover so I won't look like a whining Brit aborad that's blames everyone and everything for the world's problems.
Looking forward to getting my WTO card in November. I saw it written on a bus that it will give me cover similar to BUPA's in every country in the world?

Going to be so good when we arrive abroad, after the immigration queues of course 🙈
Just did this for my brother and sister in law, it literally took a few minutes.
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