What is the European Health Insurance Card?

  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the E111 form in 2006
  • The EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free
  • The card covers treatment of pre-existing conditions and routine maternity care
  • It is valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries

For further information about the EHIC, visit the NHS website

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EU Spain health card probe

The European Commission has requested information from Spain about complaints Spanish hospitals are refusing to recognise the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).