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Get your EHIC card for the summer - free health insurance in Europe*
Get your EHIC card for the summer - free health insurance in Europe*

Get your EHIC card for the summer - free health insurance in Europe*

Don't get caught out - free health insurance in Europe.

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. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would be to a resident of that country and is provided either at reduced cost or, in many cases, for free. The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until the card holder returns home. This includes treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.

*each country has its own rules and may charge you for prescriptions etc<

Country by country guide: nhs.uk/NHS…spx

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But I fort we made Britain gr8 again?!?

YOU STILL NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE - THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT

This will not cover you for things the state would not cover you for in the country.
See : lovemoney.com/gui…ver
Edited by: "sach7" 10th Jun

Don't think it ever came from the EU. Looks like it was from the EEA:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ard
Brexit would probably mess it up for us anyway - just like everything else...
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now you are thinking about it....after brexit?

You still can use it for another 2 years (more or less) , until actual exit.
Edited by: "Kruk" 10th Jun

Heat Always Good Advice To Have This

But I fort we made Britain gr8 again?!?

YOU STILL NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE - THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT

This will not cover you for things the state would not cover you for in the country.
See : lovemoney.com/gui…ver
Edited by: "sach7" 10th Jun

good reminder,thanx

This does NOT give you NHS treatment, only what the country provides to its citizens. That means state hospitals and no cover for repatriation.

This will not be free in all instances. as said above you will only get what the country you're visiting offers its own citizens. this may mean you have to pay for GP visits, prescriptions, X-RAYs etc....

I've used these to claim for doctors visits abroad. It will allow you to claim some back for children. But mostly not adults apart from 2 or 3 countries. You definitely need it though, some cheap travel insurances state in their conditions that you must or they could void a claim.
As others have stated, definitely not a replacement for proper travel insurance.

Boz

Heat Always Good Advice To Have This



I agree, it's been Payed a few times.

But great reminder nonetheless?. :-)

are these applicable for Turkey?

danny_moghul_man

are these applicable for Turkey?



​is Turkey in Europe?

Brianliptov

is Turkey in Europe?


In Europe? Yes
In EU? No

gaby_pos

now you are thinking about it....after brexit?



Hate to break it to you but Brexit hasn't happened yet.

Don't think it ever came from the EU. Looks like it was from the EEA:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ard
Brexit would probably mess it up for us anyway - just like everything else...

dealpickle

Hate to break it to you but Brexit hasn't happened yet.


Don't tell the Daily Express readers! (OK you'd have to draw pictures for them)

pooool8 h, 29 m ago

Don't think it ever came from the EU. Looks like it was from the …Don't think it ever came from the EU. Looks like it was from the EEA:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Health_Insurance_CardBrexit would probably mess it up for us anyway - just like everything else...


Switzerland and Norway are currently laughing at you...

Thanks OP. I had this for a couple of years but didn't bother to renew it after Brexit thinking that it wouldn't be any use. Anyway have applied for one again now. Heat added.:)

They are free so just get one. We have insurance but didn't know about these. Had to take my toddler to hospital and they required this to help her. Luckily they ended up treating her anyway but it would have made life so much easier if I'd had this card.

danny_moghul_man

are these applicable for Turkey?



Nope, they won't get past qurantine sadly. Poor little mites.

not a deal. obvious thing.

The EEA is not the same as the EU. It's highly unlikely this scheme will change after Brexit (though arguably it should since the reciprocity agreement favours other EEA countries who don't offer 'free' service like the NHS).
Edited by: "cjaz99" 14th Jun

natalieee

not a deal. obvious thing.



Thank goodness you're here

Is Turkey in Turkey?

We tried using one of these in Switzerland after my friend injured himself skiing. The doctor didn't want to know and told us to hand over £90 for a consultation.

Could you use this for free dental treatment while in Germany ??

Nikthomas

We tried using one of these in Switzerland after my friend injured … We tried using one of these in Switzerland after my friend injured himself skiing. The doctor didn't want to know and told us to hand over £90 for a consultation.



You should have claimed the money back once back in the U.K. They reimbursed me the money I paid to see a doctor in Belgium.

cjaz99

The EEA is not the same as the EU. It's highly unlikely this scheme will … The EEA is not the same as the EU. It's highly unlikely this scheme will change after Brexit (though arguably it should since the reciprocity agreement favours other EEA countries who don't offer 'free' service like the NHS).



In an answer to questions from the Exiting the European Union Select Committee on Wednesday 15th March 2017, David Davis MP (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) said this:

Hilary Benn MP

Can you confirm UK citizens will no longer have access to the EHIC health … Can you confirm UK citizens will no longer have access to the EHIC health card?


David Davis MP

I think that’s probably right. I haven’t looked at that one.


Edited by: "m00head" 14th Jun

cjaz99

The EEA is not the same as the EU. It's highly unlikely this scheme will … The EEA is not the same as the EU. It's highly unlikely this scheme will change after Brexit (though arguably it should since the reciprocity agreement favours other EEA countries who don't offer 'free' service like the NHS).

Hillary Benn

Can you confirm UK citizens will no longer have access to the EHIC … Can you confirm UK citizens will no longer have access to the EHIC health card?

David Davis

Probably right. I haven't looked at that one.




Good to hear David Davis remains on top of things. Top negotiating team. Him and Boris. I foresee no problems at all.

Also, with the UK supposedly failing to pay the bill, hospitals are refusing treatment. I've had friends and family refused treatment in Spain, namely Costa del sol hospital in Marbella, for this very reason. It's worth taking out travel insurance anyway.

always used these cards, you'd be daft not to when they are free.

Just renewed mine and my sons 2 months ago before we went on holiday last month.
4 years ago used them whilst in France and although charged for a medicine needed at a Drs it was easy to claim back when we got back to the UK.

My new card is valid for 5 years although there is the uncertaintity re Brexit but there is still a good couple of years on them if they are invalid after that.

"EHIC and Brexit

Following the results of the EU referendum, no changes have been announced to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) service. The NHS Business Services Authority is continuing to provide the EHIC service as usual, and you can apply for and use your card as before."
nhs.uk/NHS…spx

How is this a deal, surely freebies at best. Its nothing new , a gov issued card since 2004.

This is really just a nice to have. Anyone who goes abroad without proper travel insurance in place is asking for trouble.

Thanks for reminder,mine run out last year.

Original Poster

rhinopaul

How is this a deal, surely freebies at best. Its nothing new , a gov … How is this a deal, surely freebies at best. Its nothing new , a gov issued card since 2004.



that's why it sits in Freebies, dude

The title of this post should really be edited, as its not free health insurance! Its just a guarantee of access to the same healthcare services as a local, which could still be very expensive!!

Original Poster

Wraggy

The title of this post should really be edited, as its not free health … The title of this post should really be edited, as its not free health insurance! Its just a guarantee of access to the same healthcare services as a local, which could still be very expensive!!



that's what the * [asterisk] is there for

Cameron583

Also, with the UK supposedly failing to pay the bill, hospitals are … Also, with the UK supposedly failing to pay the bill, hospitals are refusing treatment. I've had friends and family refused treatment in Spain, namely Costa del sol hospital in Marbella, for this very reason. It's worth taking out travel insurance anyway.



I don't think this has anything to do with the UK supposedly not paying a bill (which btw hasn't happened) the Spanish have been doing this to us for a LOOONG time. I got bitten by something in Spain and went to a hospital. They wanted £100 just to see me. Then more for treatment. I left it and went home, guess what I needed? £10 anti-histamines....... the Spanish wanted hundreds of pounds from me.

If you don't believe it's been happening for years, (not something new/brexit related) just google it:

2013:

telegraph.co.uk/fin…tml

dailymail.co.uk/tra…tml

janetanscombe.com/new…tml
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