Immediate health care treatment may be necessary when travelling abroad. In order to avoid any inconveniences, various steps need to be taken before, during and after the holidays insofar as health insurance is concerned.
Countries of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
The countries are :
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
The insured person can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in these countries.
This card (or the equivalent provisional certificate of replacement) facilitates access to medical treatment, which may be necessary during a temporary stay in another Member State.
Health care treatment is provided according to the legal provisions of the Member State, where the insured person is staying and reimbursed in accordance with rates which apply there.
For example, if medical services are available free of charge in the country, the insured person will also be entitled to treatment free of charge on presentation of their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or equivalent document.
The presentation of the card guarantees coverage or reimbursement of medical costs in the country, the insured person is visiting.
Before visiting one of these countries, it is necessary to check that the European Health Insurance Card is still valid.
If the card is not valid or if the insured person does not possess a European Health Insurance Card, the card must be ordered at least three weeks before their departure.
If the insured person misses this deadline, a replacement document can be issued by the CNS, but the request for a replacement document must be made at least ten days before departure.
For more detailed information about the European Health Insurance Card, please visit the website of the European Commission.