If you’re in need of a European Health Insurance Card before travelling on your holiday to one of the EU countries in Europe, then you’re in the right place. Here at UK EHIC, we can provide you with all of the information and help that you may need when it comes to getting your european health card renewal in place before your trip, quickly and hassle-free.
There are a number of reasons why you will need to ensure that you have a european health card in place before you travel. The European Health Insurance Card can help to ensure that you are protected for any form of emergency medical care that you may require during your trip – in the event of an illness, accident or other form of injury that may occur. However, it is imperative that you remember that the EHIC card should not be used as a replacement for travel insurance – due to the fact that travel insurance can cover you for a number of other things aside from just public healthcare.
Carrying out an EHIC card renewal has never been simpler. All you have to do is fill out our quick, online form, prior to travelling on your holiday, and we will do the rest for you. We can help to ensure that your application is as accurate as possible to enhance the chances of your application’s success. Whether you’re struggling with the language barrier, or you’re in need of some assistance in applying online, our expert European Health Insurance Card renewal auditors can provide you with the help that you need to get an health card before your next holiday or business trip. Find out more about the medical card and why you may need it below, or use our online form above to apply online for your European Health Card today!
What Countries Can I Use An EHIC In?
There are a number of countries that you will be able to use your European Health Insurance Card in. While this regime was put in place by the European Union, you are still able to use the European Health Card in some non-EU countries, such as Switzerland, if they have joined up to the scheme. View the list of countries that you can use an European Health Card in below.
- Czech Republic
- Netherlands (Holland)
Who Can UKEHIC Help When Applying For A European Health Insurance Card Renewal?
Obtaining a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card is simple. If you’re a British Citizen, then you will be eligible to apply for a European Health Card through UKEHIC. We can help you if you’re having issues with the language and are unsure on how to apply, or if you simply want someone to give you a helping hand to help improve the success rate of your e111 application. While we cannot guarantee that the application will be successful we will do everything in our power to help make sure that all of the information that you provide is as accurate as possible before submitting.
What Does The European Health Card Actually Do?
If you are injured or fall ill on holiday, then the European Health Card can provide you with some form of safety net. An EHIC Card renewal carried out before you go on holiday can help you to gain access to emergency public healthcare in the country that you are travelling to. Whether you break a bone after slipping by the pool in the hotel, or fall ill after a night out at a restaurant and are in need of emergency medical attention, carrying out an EHIC Card renewal will help to keep any costly bills away from your door.
An EHIC renewal will ensure that you are treated in a similar manner to a citizen of that country when it comes to how much you have to pay for medical treatment in the public healthcare system. However, there are a number of things that a European Health Insurance Card renewal will not cover.
For example, if you obtain an EHIC Card renewal before you travel to a country in Europe, but your purpose of travelling was to obtain some form of medical treatment, such as cosmetic surgery or simply because treatment is cheaper there, then you will not be covered. Nevertheless, instances like routine maternity checks will be carried out for free or at a reduced price, depending on the country, if you are travelling pregnant and have carried out an european health Card renewal and your european medical card is in date. It’s important to remember however, that a European Health Insurance Card renewal will not provide you with cover if you are travelling to the country with the intention of giving birth there.
Can My European Health Insurance Card Replace My Travel Insurance?
As discussed above, it is imperative that you ensure you still have travel insurance when travelling abroad. This is because when you renew EHIC, you will only be covered for public healthcare in the country that you are going to, under the same conditions as a citizen of that country. For example, if you are travelling to a country where the citizens of that country can obtain public healthcare for free (like the NHS provides for UK citizens), then as a traveler with a health card, you will also be able to enjoy free public healthcare in the event of an emergency. If, however, the citizens have to pay some form of fee towards their healthcare, you will have to as well (although you may be able to claim this back from the NHS under some circumstances).
It is also important to remember all of the other instances that your travel insurance can provide you with support in, such as lost luggage, delayed flights, cancellations of accommodation, private healthcare if the ambulance takes you to the nearest hospital and it is a private clinic, and more. Your EHIC card renewal will only cover you for public healthcare services.
So Why Do I Need An EHIC Card If I Have Travel Insurance?
The main reason for ensuring that you have both, is because with travel insurance you will have to go through the entire process of claiming back the money that you will have paid for any medical bills – whereas showing your european medical card may help to ensure that you are not paying any fees upfront whatsoever. Medical bills can be costly, and when claiming compensation for medical fees through your travel insurance, the process can be long-winded and complicated. This is why it is important to ensure that you have a european health insurance card on you at all times in the event of an emergency medical situation, but also travel insurance to cover you for any other instances that may occur, so carry out an EHIC renewal today!
How Long Will The European Health Insurance Card Remain Valid For?
Whether you apply for a European Health Insurance Card for the first time, or you’re seeking an EHIC Card renewal, the period that the card remains valid for (up to 5 years) remains the same.
It is important that you ensure you apply for a european medical card before it expires – to ensure that you are completely covered. There is no set standard of time that you should make sure that you have your application completed for, but carrying out an EHIC renewal at least 6 months before the expiry date will help to guarantee that you will remain covered for emergency healthcare on a holiday or business trip in Europe.
What If I Already Have An EHIC?
If you already have a health card, then you should ensure that you check the expiry date. If it is still valid, then you are simply able to use it as normal. If you have an E111 renewal however, then you will need to ensure that you renew this to provide you with a European Health Insurance Card – the new E111 replacement. If your medical card has expired, then you will need to ensure that you have carried out a European Health Insurance Card renewal before your trip.
How Do I Carry Out An EHIC Renewal?
If you’re looking to renew your european health insurance card, then you will need to ensure that you do so with plenty of time available. While the application only takes a few minutes to carry out, and reviews of the application and acceptance can take a very short amount of time, there is the chance that your EHIC renewal is not accepted. In this case, you will need to re-do the application and send off again. If it is accepted, then you will need to consider how long the European Health Card will take to be posted to you – if you are going on holiday in peak season and ordering an EHIC card, it may take longer to arrive than if you were ordering in a quieter holiday season.
What If I’m Going To Europe For Work?
If you are travelling to Europe for work, such as on a GAP year or a placement, then you may still be able to use a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card. There are a number of cases where it may be acceptable to use an your card in the event of using public healthcare when working abroad – for example if you are travelling to work for a UK company that is based abroad, or if you have family in the area. There may be a number of limitations to the use of an EHIC card under this circumstance however, so it is important that you discuss this with the company that is hiring you before you carry out an EHIC renewal. If you discover that you will be able to use card during your work placement, then carry out a European Health Insurance Card renewal with us today.
Does My Entire Family Need An EHIC?
While some sources may suggest that your entire family can be covered under one European Health Card, this is not the case. Each individual member of your family, no matter how old or young, will need to have their own EHIC, so it is important to carry out an EHIC card renewal for every member of the travelling party. However, as a parent or guardian, you will be able to apply on behalf of your children, to ensure that the application is completed correctly. If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please make this known during the application process.
How Can UKEHIC Help Me?
Here at UKEHIC, we aim to make the entire EHIC renewal and initial application process as simple and effective as possible. We believe that having a European Health Insurance Card renewal carried out before you travel is imperative, so you can ensure that you are protected.
Nobody wants to think about the impact an illness, unexpected injury or accident might have on a holiday – but it is much better to be prepared. Having a European Health Insurance Card renewal carried out before your trip will help to ensure that you and your family are not faced with any costly medical bills and expenses which could ruin your holiday.
With our help, all you have to do is ensure that you fill in the form above – and we’ll take care of the rest.
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Apply for your first European Health Insurance Card or carry out an EHIC renewal online today!