Applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) ensures that holders can access healthcare services and medical assistance when travelling in participating countries. The European Health Insurance scheme makes it much easier to receive medical care, and reduces the costs often associated with accidents or illnesses abroad.
All European travellers are advised to apply for an EHIC and to carry it with them at all times, as this is the best way to guarantee help when you need it. All participating nations will recognise your insurance and make treatment available to you – including routine treatments for ongoing conditions and emergency care for serious injuries and illnesses. Although the card is not compulsory, many insurance companies do require the policy holder to have an EHIC. Should you need to visit a doctor, it will greatly improve your chances of being seen quickly and without complications.
How to get your European Health Insurance Card
As long as you’re a resident of any EU or EEA member nation or of Switzerland, you’re eligible for a European Health Insurance Card. Your card lasts for two years at a time, and will automatically renew. If your details change, you will need to apply for a new card. Applications can be made by downloading and printing the form, or alternatively a copy can be ordered via the telephone. You should apply for your EHIC in your home country before travelling, and expats already living in Hungary will need to contact their country of origin for advice on obtaining their card.
Once you have sent off your form, you can expect to receive your EHIC within three to four weeks; make sure to apply in good time if you’re planning to travel soon. Travelling with family? Every member of your family will need a valid card in case of medical needs.
The benefits of EHIC membership
The European Health Insurance scheme is your protection when travelling, so you can relax and get on with enjoying your trip. Should you become unwell, you’ll be able to access any medical facility and receive a high standard of medical treatment, without becoming liable for high medical bills. Treatment will be available to you at a reduced cost, and in some cases you can receive free care and medication. Where payment is required, your insurance company may be able to reimburse you. If you do undergo any medical treatment, make sure you keep your receipts as you may need these at a later date.
Travelling to Hungary
Overseas visitors will need to make sure that they’ve got a valid European Health Insurance Card when they come to Hungary. This popular destination sees a lot of tourists each year as well as plenty of foreign workers, and sadly sometimes illness or injury can occur. To ensure that all visitors can receive the appropriate healthcare, EU nationals are expected to obtain and carry a valid EHIC at all times. This enables faster care in Hungarian facilities and proves the holder’s entitlement to treatment.