EU Health Insurance Card

An European Health Insurance Card will enable you to access state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover your treatment until you return to the UK. Well that is the official description, but many have found it as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike!

Recent newspaper reports and social media detail the many travellers on holiday or business who have found that in the event of a minor medical problem producing the card in EU member states gets nothing more than sceptical laughter and completely ignored. So what’s your experience, we’d love to hear of your experiences good or bad. We cannot guarantee to broadcast every reply, but we will do our best. Just email us at and let the debate begin.