MP reminds holiday-makers about EHIC

August 5, 2013 11:17 AM

With the holiday period in full swing, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has urged holiday-makers to always carry the European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), when going away to Europe this summer.

The MP has also warned his constituents to beware of fraudulent websites trying to charge for the EHIC card renewal - a service that is provided free of charge by the Government.

Tom Brake said: "Going on holiday is expensive enough and the last thing anyone wants while abroad is having to cover a hefty healthcare bill."

"This is why the EHIC card is probably the most important travel accessory you'll need. It entitles you to the same treatment that local citizens are entitled to and can prove a godsend in times of health-emergencies."

"However, I would like to urge everyone to beware of scam sites which try to charge a fee for the card. EHIC is entirely free of charge and it is a good idea to apply through the NHS website to avoid being ripped off."

The EHIC, or European Health Insurance Card, is completely free and valid for five years and entitles the holder to the same treatment as a citizen of a given country. Armed with your EHIC card, you will get free or discounted medical treatment at state-run hospitals and GPs in any European Union country, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

There are a few important points to remember when using EHIC:

European Health Insurance Cards can be obtained for free up to 10 working days before leaving the UK via or by calling 0300 3301350. For more info got to

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