Whether I’m skiing in Italy or sightseeing in Poland, there’s always a chance I could fall sick or have an accident away from home. Having a European Health Insurance Card means that I can use public healthcare services to get any emergency treatment quickly and easily should disaster strike.
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MY HEALTH. MY LIFE.
Get emergency healthcare anywhere in the EU
Fallen ill in Spain or taken a tumble in Greece? No need to worry about huge medical bills. If healthcare is free for nationals, then it will also be free for me. Or if I need to pay for my treatment, then my health insurer will reimburse me later.
No one wants to plan for a disaster, but accidents can happen. If I need help, I can call 112 from any landline or mobile free of charge, wherever I am in the EU.
Questions? All the information I need on the reimbursement process, available treatments, costs, and emergency contact numbers can be found on the European Health Insurance Card smartphone app.
My European Health Insurance Card entitles me to emergency treatment through public healthcare services, but as an EU citizen I can also have planned treatment abroad (I’ll need to speak to my health insurer about this before leaving my country).
How it works
Being a citizen of the EU means that I’m able to use the public healthcare services of any other Member State, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, in the event of a medical emergency. EU law allows me to be treated in the same way as a resident of the country I’m visiting. This means that I’m free to enjoy everything each country has to offer, safe in the knowledge that I’m covered should anything happen while I’m away from home.
Did you know
European Health Insurance Cards are currently in circulation.
The number of reimbursement claims submitted in 2013 under the European Health Insurance scheme.
The total number of hospital beds in the EU in 2015.
Need a prescription dispensed while I’m abroad? My doctor can give me a prescription I can use in another EU country, so I can continue accessing my medication while I’m away. Read more
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