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


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).