Because European countries have different health systems, UK national travelling abroad need to obtain one of these certificates from the Health Service Social Security when they travel abroad so that, in the event of sudden illness or accident, the medical services in the other country will not make them pay huge bills before they treat them Patents, Trademarks, Copyright Law: If you need it outside opening hours, you should call as soon as possible the next working day. As a matter of course, always show your EHIC or your provisional replacement certificate to any healthcare providers you see during your trip abroad. English term or phrase: The card has the same appearance and technical features across all issuing member States in order to be immediately recognizable. Formulqire may lose your entitlement to a UK-issued EHIC when you move abroad, take up work abroad, or change your residency status.

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Every member of the family who is travelling will need their own card. In the case of those from the UK, the card is valid for up to five years. As well as travellers, the category of persons entitled to an EHIC also includes those who are employed or take self-employment in France for up to a year, provided the HMRC for UK residents has agreed that you will continue to be liable for national insurance contributions during the period you are in France.

Your dependants would also be covered. Students and au pairs and nannies are also entitled to an EHIC, but the latter only for a maximum of a year.

The card cannot be used if you have relocated permanently to France. You will need your national insurance number. You can also obtain an application form through the post office in the UK. The telephone number from abroad for lost or stolen cards is There is no charge for the card, so do not be fooled by some websites into paying for it. What Does it Cover? However, maternity care, renal dialysis and managing the symptoms of pre-existing or chronic conditions that arise while abroad are all covered by the EHIC.

Reimbursement Levels Strictly speaking, health care in France is not free at the point of delivery in the same way as it is in the UK. You need to pay for your treatment, and later obtain reimbursement. Accordingly, if you need non-hospitalised medical treatment whilst you are in France as a visitor, you will normally need to pay for the treatment at the point of delivery, including prescriptions. You will be given a receipt called a feuille de soins , for medical consultations, treatment and prescriptions, which you can later use to obtain a refund.

Make sure you get this receipt or you will not get reimbursement. Prescriptions are often reimbursed at a lower level, as are laboratory tests. If you are admitted to hospital as in-patient the process and levels of reimbursement are a little different.

As these residual and extra costs may be significant you need to consider taking out travel insurance to cover them. Holding an EHIC will substantially reduce the costs of such insurance. The level of reimbursement of dental care in France is also low, so if you need expensive emergency dental care, expect to have to pay most of it out of your own pocket, unless you have travel insurance that will cover it. You can do so by visiting them direct, or sending them the paperwork.

The contact details of your local CPAM should be in the French yellow pages, the pages jaunes, or ask at the local mairie. You will need to sign and date the feuille de soins, failing which you will not obtain reimbursement.

Not all the costs will be refunded, and the precise amount will depend on the circumstances. In this respect, as we stated, you will be treated in the same manner as any other resident of the country.

For hospital treatment you would be well advised to obtain an attestation from the hospital which provides confirmation of the treatment you have received and the costs paid. To be able to get a fuller picture of the levels of reimbursement that apply in France you need to read our subsequent pages on the operation of the health service in France, as the picture is a complicated one.

If necessary, you will need to take out private health insurance for the visit.


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