After the worrying reports of people who were unable to use their European Health Insurance Card last summer, the British Embassy in Madrid has taken to social media to set the record straight. They have produced a video all about the card and when you can and can’t use it, so you feel safe visiting Spain and know what to do in the event of needing medical attention.
The video has been jointly produced by the Department of Health and the British Embassy, Madrid, to explain how to use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain. The EHIC can only be used in public hospitals and it entitles the card holder to any medically-necessary treatment that cannot wait until they return home. For further information, please visit www.healthcareinspain.eu. We did a helpful post on what the EHIC is last year, which can also give you some further information and if you’re still not sure, local patient advocate Cecilia Tacchi did some excellent myth busting about this fact last year and has a number of useful blog posts.
Another development which the British Embassy has been communicating recently is the fact that from 1st July the UK will no longer be reimbursing co-payments. An example of this in Spain is the 10% charge applied to pensioners for prescriptions. From July 1st 2014 you will no longer be able to claim a reimbursement of these co-payments from the UK, for treatment received after that date. For further information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC