When you’re travelling in another country, you want to be sure that you can access the same great healthcare as you can back home. Slovenia has a wide range of hospitals and medical facilities, with top doctors to take care of the sick and injured. But what happens when Slovenians are taken ill in other countries, and how do foreign nationals access treatment while in Slovenia? The European health insurance scheme holds the answer.
All EU and EEA residents are expected to carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when visiting other European countries. This shows that the holder is eligible for treatment at reduced rates or even for free, and allows treatment to begin immediately without a need to establish identity or proof of residence further. This enables quick, easy medical assistance in the event of an emergency, and also gives the holder access to ongoing routine care for existing conditions.
The EHIC is not intended to allow EU residents to seek medical treatment in other countries purely through preference, and such ‘medical tourism’ will not be approved. Where a pre-diagnosed condition requires treatment during a vacation or work trip, for example dialysis sessions, this will be covered under the scheme.
Applying for an EHIC in Slovenia
The process of obtaining a European Health Insurance Card is fast and simple. Aside from postage costs, the card is free and an application can be downloaded and printed off the internet. Once complete, cards usually arrive within three to four weeks. If any information is missing from your application, this can cause delays; make sure that you’ve provided all required details.
Travelling to Slovenia
Visitors to Slovenia from other EU countries will need to have a valid EHIC if they want to avoid expensive medical treatment. Emergency treatment is available to any person who presents it, but medical facilities will need to charge those who cannot prove their residential status. You may still be able to claim these charges back at a later date from your insurer, but to avoid the worry and stress of a financial burden, it is advised to plan ahead and ensure you’ve got a valid insurance card in your possession. That way, you and your family are always covered if the worst should happen.
Medical care when you need it
An accident, illness or other medical emergency is always worrying, but when you’re in a foreign country, things can become costly and difficult. That’s why you need to carry your EHIC at all times. This is your route to fast, affordable medical treatment in high quality medical facilities. Don’t leave yourself without access to proper and timely medical help: apply for a European Health Insurance Card before you leave the country and enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing you’re protected. If you need to know more, you can contact the Home Office or your national embassy.