With all the craziness that has happened in the UK over the last few months, I have had some emails about what the changes mean for changes to your European Health Card. This is a guide to what a European Health Card is and the changes if any that will result because of Brexit.
Will Brexit affect any EHIC services?
The quick answer is no!
The results from the EU referendum states there are no changes being made to the European Health Insurance Card service. The NHS Business Services Authority will continue to provide the EHIC service just as before and will continue to provide coverage under the EHIC plan. You can fill out the application form online and use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as you have previously.
As a card holder, you will have access to the state offered health care in Switzerland as well as all European Economic Area Countries (EEA).
For Uk Residents
It is strongly suggested that all UK residents always carry this card when traveling abroad. You should always double check before going on a trip that the card is up to date and valid. Your EHIC card is valid for only five years, so keep that in mind. If you need to, you can apply for EHIC card on this site with the application form that is provided below.
For European Residents
It is very important to understand that Europe EHIC services are Not associated with, partnered with, affiliated with or networking with the NHSBSA or any other government body. If you wish, you may apply directly, without cost, for an EHIC card by using the official government website (gov.uk).
You may also apply at any time through the the website, using the application form below. Then your application will be reviewed to make sure it is filled out correctly, and there are no mistakes. There is a charge for the service they provide.
The EHIC offers a verification service of the application form and a forwarding service to ascertain that the whole process is quick and error free. This will prevent delays or any hold ups.
What does the EHIC cover?
EGIC covers treatments that are medically necessary until you return home. You will be provided the same care as residents of the country you are in, which is at a reduced cost or in some cases free. Keep in mind, in some countries patients are expected to contribute a percentage of the cost for their state-provided treatment. This form of treatment is called a patient co-payment. If you are provided this type of treatment, you will be expected to pay the same charge as a patient from that country.
EHIC also provides treatment for pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care but not for childbirth.
I hope that answers some of your questions about the EHIC and how it was NOT effected by the recent referendum in the UK and EU
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