Get a Free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
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Get a Free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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Found 30th Jan
I know this has been around for a very long time, but I think it's worth mentioning again, as some people don't seem to know about it, or what it entitles the holder to, when travelling around the EU.

Basically these give you state-provided healthcare when travelling in the European Economic Area (EEA) Please remember - This does NOT replace Travel Insurance - The EHIC will NOT cover things like the cost of getting you back home, should you fall ill enough to need that.

Different countries will have a totally different level of health care service and some of these may still require you to pay a bill, or at least part of it. So as above, it's not at all the same level of cover that your Travel insurance will offer.



EU Countries
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK as well as Switzerland.

"A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives card holders the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland"


Applying

So, it's really easy to apply, I know a lot of you would have already done this before, but if you have lost yours, there is a contact email address to request a replacement - Here

Step 1 - Register to use the website by creating an account using your name and email address. You will also need to choose a password.

Step 2 - We will send you an email with a link to activate your account. Please remember to check your Junk folder as the email might be treated as spam by some providers. Click on the link in the email or copy and paste it into a browser.

Step 3 - Log into the EHIC Services Portal using your email address and password once you have activated your account.



Entitlement to an EHIC (in all EEA countries) is based on insurability under EU law, and not on a person's nationality. The UK operates a residency-based healthcare system which means that insurability in the UK is generally determined by residency and not by the past or present payment of National Insurance contributions or UK taxes.

Can I apply on behalf of other family members?

You absolutely can.

"The person registering must be at least 16 years of age. As the main applicant, you can apply for an EHIC for yourself, your partner and any dependent children you have"

All the info on this is in the 'Registration' section on the 'Get Deal' Link



If we can keep the political stuff down a bit, that would be awesome, I purely wanted to flag this again as it is a very useful thing to carry with you while abroad and could prove very handy at a cost of... Nothing at all
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These are always free, but it's worth the reminder to folks that if you are applying for this through one of the many websites that charge you, you are being scammed! 🔥
Edited by: "NeoDoug1" 30th Jan
Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a £10,000 hospital fee in Benidorm, it will be sweet.
Edited by: "red23" 30th Jan
red2319 m ago

Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a …Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a £10,000 hospital charge in Benidorm, it will be sweet.


You can't? I'll tell you then. They will say it's all the EU's fault and they are now being robbed in revenge.
My parents bought a house in France years ago and have been using their cards for a number of years. The healthcare they receive is far superior to the NHS treatment they get when in England. The health service is so much quicker and all of the doctors speak decent English so they can explain any treatment. The NHS get charged for each of the treatments that a UK citizen has but this probably doesn't cost the NHS any more than paying Virgin for the treatment.
Edited by: "Dj.CUE" 31st Jan
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These are always free, but it's worth the reminder to folks that if you are applying for this through one of the many websites that charge you, you are being scammed! 🔥
Edited by: "NeoDoug1" 30th Jan
I have applied since 4 months. No reply yet
Ghostrecon3 m ago

I have applied since 4 months. No reply yet


Usually takes about a week.
Apply again. Perhaps you haven’t activated your account.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 30th Jan
Got mine for family of 5,within a week of applying!!
An absolute must. Use the link . Dont get scammed as NeoDoug1 said. They love these things abroad as I guess they claim a fortune for basic treatment.
kahntona11 m ago

Got mine for family of 5,within a week of applying!!


Can one person apply for various family members?
Yes
davemhaynes2 m ago

Can one person apply for various family members?


Yes, the site tells you how to do it step by step.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 30th Jan
If your children are going on a European School trip, they will need to have one
Applied for mine and it was received within 4 days
Valid for 5 years, but you'll only be able to use it till the end of the transition period.
My parents bought a house in France years ago and have been using their cards for a number of years. The healthcare they receive is far superior to the NHS treatment they get when in England. The health service is so much quicker and all of the doctors speak decent English so they can explain any treatment. The NHS get charged for each of the treatments that a UK citizen has but this probably doesn't cost the NHS any more than paying Virgin for the treatment.
Edited by: "Dj.CUE" 31st Jan
Is a must when travelling - and yes its been around, but never hurts to send in a friendly reminder, thanks neo
I thought an EHIC was when a hillbilly went online.
"If we can keep the political stuff down a bit, that would be awesome, I purely wanted to flag this again as it is a very useful thing to carry with you while abroad and could prove very handy at a cost of... Nothing at all "


So presumably this should be in 'Freebies'....or doesn't that rule apply to staff?
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LesD4 m ago

"If we can keep the political stuff down a bit, that would be awesome, I …"If we can keep the political stuff down a bit, that would be awesome, I purely wanted to flag this again as it is a very useful thing to carry with you while abroad and could prove very handy at a cost of... Nothing at all "So presumably this should be in 'Freebies'....or doesn't that rule apply to staff?


Hi, this does appear in freebies - hotukdeals.com/tag…ies
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Toptrumpet28 m ago

Yes, the site tells you how to do it step by step.


Thanks for your input, @Toptrumpet - I will also mention this in the OP as it will likely be useful to others too
NeoTrix18 m ago

Hi, this does appear in freebies - https://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/freebies


So why is it coming up when I click on 'DEALS'?
mcek37 m ago

Valid for 5 years, but you'll only be able to use it till the end of the …Valid for 5 years, but you'll only be able to use it till the end of the transition period.



That may not be true, it all depends what agreements are made. Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are all not in the EU but you can use your EHIC card as they like the others all have reciprocal health agreements in place.
Sorry OP not making a "Brexit" comment but rather trying to show the statement is not possibly correct, trust me I avoid all Brexit comments. Thank you also for reminding myself to check when mine is due to expire.
A deal ? No....Freebie,...Yes

maybe one of the Mods will move it
NeoDoug11 h, 2 m ago

These are always free, but it's worth the reminder to folks that if you …These are always free, but it's worth the reminder to folks that if you are applying for this through one of the many websites that charge you, you are being scammed! 🔥


Agreed I get one when needed for the last few years. No issues arrived quickly
I think its great that we all get led to the water to drink - Since when has this been a deal ?
Edited by: "rogparki" 30th Jan
This is not a deal, please expire or move to the correct listing.
I read an article that ehic reimburse from nhs. Is that correct? Anyone know the in-depth details of how cross charging works for ehic?
Jezza6711 m ago

This is not a deal, please expire or move to the correct listing.


Showing in freebies for me.
Always had one, never needed it but good to have.
mcek1 h, 44 m ago

Valid for 5 years, but you'll only be able to use it till the end of the …Valid for 5 years, but you'll only be able to use it till the end of the transition period.


Utter rubbish!

At a press conference with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the Brexit Secretary David Davis talked about the progress that had been made on citizens' rights in the latest round of Brexit talks.

He said both the EU and the UK had agreed to protect existing EHIC arrangements.
Hi pls make sure you have travel insurance as well. I am Czech but as I live for 11+y in the UK (and work since first day and never claimed benefits), I have UK health insurance and UK EHIC card as well.

When I travel back home for holiday i allways make sure I have travel insurance as EHIC is for emergency only - for example you break your leg - ambulance & A&E treatment is classed as emergency BUT follow up treatment (next day x-ray, etc. etc.) is not and you will end up paying ££££.

And if you for example end up at dentist due to accute tooth pain, you will be charged anyway (on spot or you will receive invoice later) as what is normally not free in the UK you will be paying for, you can't claim it's an emergency.
csmcr28 m ago

Hi pls make sure you have travel insurance as well. I am Czech but as I …Hi pls make sure you have travel insurance as well. I am Czech but as I live for 11+y in the UK (and work since first day and never claimed benefits), I have UK health insurance and UK EHIC card as well.When I travel back home for holiday i allways make sure I have travel insurance as EHIC is for emergency only - for example you break your leg - ambulance & A&E treatment is classed as emergency BUT follow up treatment (next day x-ray, etc. etc.) is not and you will end up paying ££££.And if you for example end up at dentist due to accute tooth pain, you will be charged anyway (on spot or you will receive invoice later) as what is normally not free in the UK you will be paying for, you can't claim it's an emergency.



Personally I had a slightly different experience in Portugal. Broke my arm, went to the local hospital (via taxi), they took my NHIC card, asked if I had insurance details (I did), charged me something daft like 7 Euro for the x-rays and gave me receipt. Was told I would have to go to major hosptial as it may need pinned but they said it would not be classed as an emergancy and the insurance may or may not pay out for amblulance. So I just got taxi. At the major hosptial, they x-ray'd again (said I didn't have to pay for x-rays again - pass to why), patched me up asked when flying home and arranged for a doctor to visit my hotel before flying to give me injection and gave me letter to give to airline and another for own doctor along with copies of the x-rays (apparently they can be funny about letting you fly with broken bones). The only charges I had was the initial X-ray and my taxi's, for all it was, couldn't even be bothered going through the holiday insurance claims process. Guess though this all varies from country to country.
Thank you NeoTrix for posting in this deals section too - if you had put it only in the free section its unlikely I would have seen it.
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Edited by: "Si1" 30th Jan
While we are in the EU and then... travel insurance will rocket!
thanks
Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a £10,000 hospital fee in Benidorm, it will be sweet.
Edited by: "red23" 30th Jan
red2319 m ago

Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a …Can't wait to see the look on Brexiters faces when they are charged with a £10,000 hospital charge in Benidorm, it will be sweet.


You can't? I'll tell you then. They will say it's all the EU's fault and they are now being robbed in revenge.
So excited about Brexit that I've called Angela to have mine cancelled as soon as possible.

Can't wait to pay as I go, out of my own pocket, and make Britain great again.

Crumpets! Spitfires! Queueing!
I will enjoy using my ehic when you guys have to pay. The joys of being an EU citizen
Has this EHIC thread turned in to a Brexit thread yet?

EDIT, it’s has.
Edited by: "Rastafari" 30th Jan
"If we can keep the political stuff down a bit, that would be awesome."


Some hope. Losers out in force already.
C'Mon, this is a deals website and not a website to remind of freebies!
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