New EHIC rules

What has changed?

Each country's healthcare system is slightly different. With your EHIC, you should be able to get the same treatment as a resident of the country you're visiting.

In some countries you may have to pay a patient contribution, also known as a co-payment.

These payments are typically for things such as GP or dentist consultations, prescriptions, or stays in hospital. See our country-by-country guide for more details.

But since July 1 2014, you can no longer be reimbursed for co-payments once you go back to the UK.

What does this mean for me?

If you visit another EEA country where that country requires its own citizens to pay a patient contribution, you will also need to pay for this.

You will no longer be able to claim reimbursement for this payment when you return to the UK for treatment received after July 1 2014.

You may still be able to claim reimbursements for any co-payments you made for treatment received abroad before July 1 2014, however.

Your EHIC still entitles you to receive medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, and you will be treated on the same basis as a resident of the country you are visiting.

Where can I get advice?

For further advice, contact the Overseas Healthcare Team at the Department of Work and Pensions:

Overseas Healthcare Team
Room MO601, Durham House
Washington
Tyne & Wear
NE38 7SF

Telephone 0191 218 1999 Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.


Last Updated: 01/04/2017 09:00:00