16 August 2012 by Anna Staford
Many people seem to rely on European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) If you are one of them, please, take a look at this. It will make you think twice about not having travel insurance when going on a trip.
We are receiving an increasing number of reports from clients that some Spanish hospitals and clinics are refusing to recognise the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This is a real cause for concern and we would appreciate feedback from anyone who experiences difficulty in receiving medical treatment in order that we can verify this worrying situation.
The EHIC should allow all EU citizens access to state medical care across the union. However, as the Greek debt crisis worsens, severe cuts to hospital services are being made and tourists have been warned not to rely on the card. For almost a quarter of a million holidaymakers travelling to Greece without insurance this summer, this could mean private healthcare bills of thousands of pounds. Currently Greece still accepts the EHIC. But as their hospitals ration medication, limit non-urgent operations and curtail treatment even for Greek nationals, EHIC holders are increasingly being covered only for locally-provided care.
Due to essential maintenance work, we have temporarily suspended selling new policies from 10th August for approx. 10 days.
NEW POLICIES: If your trip hasn’t started, you can buy alternative Travel Insurance from our affiliate partners by CLICKING HERE for transfer to their website.
AMENDING EXISTING POLICIES: Extend your SINGLE TRIP POLICY by contacting us BEFORE your policy expires so you have continual cover.
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