Having access to quality healthcare wherever you go should be a top priority for just about everyone. In the unfortunate case that you fall ill or injured while traveling within the EU, you will not have to worry about forking out massive costs to get treated at a hospital.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a medical card which can be used throughout the EU. Some of the EU countries that are included in the EHIC scheme include:
If you want to see a full list of the countries involved, Click Here for all you need to know. The EHIC entitles you to the same treatment in state hospitals that the residents of that country receive. If they get free treatment, you will also get free treatment and not have to worry about bills after recovery. If they get discounted healthcare, so will you.
An EHIC is issued free of charge and is a must-have for your travels. Over 27 million people hold an EHIC, proving just how worthwhile it really is. The intention of the scheme is to allow people to continue their stay in a country without having to return home for medical care. 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.
You can easily apply for an EHIC on the official EHIC website, or alternatively you can call them on 0300 330 1350. Though you must be over 16 to apply, every family member requires a card. To apply on behalf of a child, just include them in the relevant section of the application and you’ll each receive a separate EHIC. It is important to remember that your EHIC will have to be renewed every 5 years. Over 5 million EHIC cards expired in 2016, so make sure to check its expiry date before jetting off. You can apply up to six months before your old one expires.
To sum it up, the benefits of an EHIC includes providing coverage for:
- Emergency Treatment
- Chronic Illnesses
- Pre-existing conditions
Order your EHIC right away and say goodbye to the stress of not knowing how much money to put aside in case of emergencies!