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Get New EU Health Card Before Holidays 2006-07-08

Posted by clype in Europe, Health, Money.
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Holidaymakers travelling to Europe are being warned that some insurers may not pay up following a medical claim if the patient does not hold the new European Health Insurance Card.

The card, which replaced the long-standing E111 form on 2006-01-01, entitles the holder to free or reduced cost essential medical treatment in all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

  • Unlike the E111, which covered the whole family, every family member must hold their own card.

However, the insurance comparison website moneysupermarket.com is warning holidaymakers that some travel insurers may refuse some claims if the customer isn’t carrying the card.

Mr.Richard Mason, director of the moneysupermarket.com site says:

‘Awareness of the replacement card is alarmingly low, despite the fact that it’s been around for nearly a year now.

‘Even basic medical treatment in mainland Europe doesn’t come cheap, so this card could save you a lot of unexpected financial pain.

‘Worse still, some insurers may not pay out if the claimant hasn’t got one.

‘Like the E111 scheme, the new card only offers relatively low level financial reimbursement for basic medical bills, and holidaymakers should not view it as a complete replacement for travel insurance.

‘Some insurers will even waive your excess if you tell them you hold a European Health Insurance Card, which could save you as much as 150 GBP.’

People can apply for The European Health Insurance Card on-line at ‘The Department of Health’ website (dh.gov.uk/travellers), by phone (0845 606 2030) or by post, with forms available from the post office; however the process can take up to three weeks by post compared to seven days online.

  • The card is normally valid for three to five years.
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