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What is the European Health Insurance Card?

29th September 2017

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (nhs.uk/ehic) – confirms your eligibility to emergency medical treatment under the health system when travelling in a member country. Although the treatment may not be free at the point of service as with the NHS. In France, for example, you must pay to see a GP.  Although emergency treatment in hospital is normally free, it is often that ambulances are not.  In some countries, you may be taken to a private clinic for treatment automatically and this would not be covered by the EHIC.  Also not covered would be medical repatriation and an EHIC must be renewed every five years.

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