EHIC –European Health Insurance Card
So you are planning a relaxing holiday break, for most Britain’s this means a hop over the channel and into Europe for a fortnight or so. It is usually the most cost effective place to visit since flights are cheap on budget airlines.
UK permanent residents or citizens are entitled to health care under the NHS which as we know is only present as long as we are in the UK. What many people don’t know is that there is a provision for either free or reduced cost healthcare while in Europe. To get this all you need to do is apply.
Now, it pays to be careful there are a plethora of websites which charge for this card and make it look so legitimate that you think that it is worth paying. It is important to remember that this card is in fact free. You need to apply through the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx
This page also answers many vital questions about where and when to use the card. Have a lovely holiday and don’t forget to pack your card!