The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a must-have travel document for UK residents when visiting another EU or EEA country. What are some of the benefits of an EHIC?
EHIC is Free of Charge
One of the most important things to bear in mind when considering whether to apply for an EHIC is that it is completely free of charge and easy to apply for. You can either apply in person at a Post Office branch, by calling 0845 606 2030 or apply online at the NHS web site at www.ehic.org.uk. When you apply, make sure you have either your National Insurance (NI) number or your NHS (National Health Service) number handy for each EHIC applicant.
Applying online is simple, and you will not have to worry about spelling mistakes or the wrong date of birth entered onto the card. This may seem minor when the card is issued, but if you need to use your EHIC for emergency treatment while you are abroad, you may be denied treatment if your personal details on your EHIC do not match what is on your passport.
EHIC Offers Free or Reduced-cost Treatment
Medical treatment can be expensive abroad if you are not prepared and properly insured. While the likelihood of needing emergency medical treatment is remote, there is still the possibility that you may run into difficulties and require assistance while you are away from home. UK nationals who present their EHIC in another EU or EEA country are entitled to receive state-provided medical treatment that local residents use for free or reduced-cost.
The European Health Insurance Card offers great medical benefits to those who need them the most, but it is important to remember that the EHIC does not cover every eventuality. However, the EHIC can save you a lot of money if you or an accompanying family member falls ill while abroad in another EU or EEA country. That is why it is important for everyone in your family to carry their own EHIC for when they need it the most. The EHIC is free of charge and easy to order.
European Health Insurance Card