Apply for your EHIC card today
A European Health Insurance Card provides many benefits and is the easiest way to cover you and your loved ones while travelling in 31 European countries other than the United Kingdom. A EHIC card will allow you to receive healthcare on the same basis as the locals in these countries. If you don’t have one you could face having to pay out for any emergency medical costs that may be incurred.
When you’re on holiday, you want to relax and not have to worry about the things which occupy your time when you’re working. Having an EHIC will give you peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your break. Whether you’re trekking in the Pyrenees or snorkelling in the Mediterranean, you want to be able to put any worries about your healthcare to the back of your mind and focus on what matters: having a good time with your family and friends.
What is an EHIC card?
An EHIC is an EU health card which was devised to provide Europeans common access to medical services throughout the continent. It is a European medical card that essentially opens the doors of multiple healthcare systems to people travelling on the continent.
A health card like the EHIC is unique in its scope and coverage. Not only does it cover a large number of European countries it also gives you coverage for treatment of long-term conditions and existing illnesses such as diabetes and dialysis.
The e111, as the card was formerly known, gives you access to doctors and nurses in countries like Germany, Italy and France. These countries are home to some of the most renowned medical practitioners in the world. The facilities open to you operate all year round and have more trained staff on duty than many private hospitals and clinics.
How to apply for/renew your EHIC
EHIC renewal is a straightforward process and can be completed through a specialist site, such as here at www.ehicuk.com It is essential that you renew your EHIC if you are planning on travelling to any of the 31 countries which are covered by the scheme. Your card can be renewed up to six months before it is due for renewal.
Your EHIC will need to be renewed every five years, but the process is straightforward and it’s worth taking the time to do this in return for the benefits offered from having possession of one. These include the provision of routine maternity care and medical treatment for mother and baby during childbirth, provided you’re not going abroad to give birth.
To complete your EHIC application you’ll need to provide us with your full name, address, date of birth and National Insurance or NHS number. If you are based in Scotland you will be required to provide your CHI number while individuals based in Northern Ireland need to provide their Health and Care number.
Healthcare is often viewed as a fundamental right but good quality healthcare is something which many miss out on due to the pressure on services. Don’t miss out on any healthcare you may need while abroad because you can’t find the time to fill out a short form and answer a few questions. Our application process is designed to take the stress out of applying for an EHIC and requires only that you enter your basic info and contact details.
However long you plan on staying in Europe, having one of these cards should be at the forefront of your mind. What if you were to fall ill unexpectedly? Or forget to bring your medication with you? With the EHIC you’ll know that you have something to fall back on in the case of an emergency.
Am I covered if I don’t take my EHIC with me?
If you do travel in Europe without an EHIC and then require medical treatment you can be issued with a Provisional Replacement Certificate but these involve making separate applications and are unavailable outside working hours, so there is a very real possibility that you could be left without care in an emergency.
Tick applying for an EHIC off your to-do list today
Travelling can be the best experience you will ever have but if you fail to prepare properly it can also cause major problems. By applying for an EHIC card today you will be certain that healthcare provision will be ticked off your to-do list and you can look forward to meeting the new friends you will make, the words of the new languages you will pick up and the memories you will cherish for years to come.