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You And The European Health Insurance Card

You And The European Health Insurance Card
March 17
08:28 2014

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a free card which allows the carrier access to state-provided healthcare when on a visit to any one of the 28 countries of the EU – allowing a person to be treated in the same way they would be as a national of that country should the need for a doctor or hospital visit occur. The EHIC is issued by national health departments in EU member states.

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There are many UK nationals who spend a fair amount of their time every year in Spain, and carry EHIC cards believing they would be covered for health care  in the country when in fact they are not. This is because an EHIC card issued in the UK can be used in all EU countries, except in the country where you spend most of your time. So if you spend 8 months of the year in the UK, but visit Spain on a temporary basis in winter you would be covered, whereas a pensioner receiving a state pension from the UK who spends the majority of the year in the Spain would not be covered, although her card would be valid in all other EU member states.

Needless to say, this can get somewhat confusing, particularly with other recent changes regarding entitlement to Spanish healthcare. In light of this, and given that there are approximately 800,000 UK nationals spend more time than is considered the average length of a holiday in Spain at any one time, a website has been created to help people determine if they are in fact covered for healthcare in Spain. It also gives useful information about what type of cover you are entitled to. There is also help for those who are living in Spain on a more permanent basis on how to apply for Spanish healthcare.

Click the link to access the Healthcare in Spain site to find out more about the EHIC card and if you are covered.

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1 Comment

  1. ScorpionGrant
    ScorpionGrant December 03, 11:49

    Been very useful for many that EHIC card, sadly, like so many things, abused by the wasters

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