(formerly known as an E111) may not be used to visit a private doctor, as they are only recognised in state hospitals and health centres.
In addition to covering the part-contributory payment, the EHIC
in France product has a number of other fantastic, and unique, features that include: no upper age limit (unlike many travel insurance policies), no exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions (unlike many travel insurance policies), no medical screening (or medical questions), direct settlement of hospital bills, repatriation and funeral expense cover (not covered by the EHIC
The Department of Health has already been doing work to look at issues around health tourism and the abuse of the system by people from overseas, and they will now specifi-cally look at if more needs to be done to tighten up how the EHIC
It is simple and only takes a few minutes to apply for a free EHIC
on the NHS website at ehic.
You can use the same EHIC
application to apply for cards for : yourself ; | your partner, and | any dependent children |under 19 in full-time education.
Their spokesman added: "Some sites exaggerate the nature of the services they provide in relation to the EHIC
offers medical treatment under a reciprocal agreement with other EEA countries, which means you should be able to get the same treatment as someone who lives in the country you're visiting.
provides for complimentary treatment, or treatment at a reduced price, in 27 member countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), but the provisions for health care vary from country to country.
Nanev stated that his Ministry is pushing for all customs points to check fro both the passport and the EHIC
, and also said that although it is currently illegal to turn people back from the border if they fail to show the EHIC
he will look to change this legislation.
The Ministry's explanation is that by forcing Bulgarians to have their EHIC
, which requires having a clean record at the NHIF, they would get better medical treatment abroad in case of an emergency.
During your stay, the EHIC
will facilitate access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting.
There is lots of confusion over the EHIC
(European Health Insurance Card) as 50% of Brits think it entitles them to free medical treatment, 7% think it will get them home from abroad and 5% believe it extends to anywhere in the world.