The European Health Insurance Card is free and lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free in all European Economic Area countries. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return.
- EHIC – European Health Insurance Card @ Foreign & Commonwelath Office
Excerpt: If you have an accident or suddenly become ill you’ll receive the necessary state-provided medical healthcare for at reduced cost, or sometimes free. You’ll be treated on the same terms as insured nationals of the country you’re in. Tip: carry your EHIC with you at all times to prove you are entitled to healthcare.
- Travel health and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) @ Direct.Gov
Excerpt: Your EHIC is free, and it’s valid throughout the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. (The EEA consists of the European Union member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.) The card enables you to access reduced-cost, sometimes free, state-provided healthcare that becomes necessary during your trip because of either illness or an accident. It also covers you for pre-existing conditions. You can find full details of the cover and who is eligible on the NHS Choices website.