EHIC – Medical Cover
The European Health Insurance Card provides free or discounted medical treatment whilst in the EU. It is free and easy to obtain click here https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do. Do not be tempted to use other websites that charge you a small fee for arranging delivery for you. EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance.
Pre Adventure Injections
Before you travel it is worth checking with your GP on recommended injections and vaccinations. You can check the country of travel on this link http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx. If you need injections then check the price with your GP. If you need to pay then shop around for the best price on private prescriptions.
The EHIC card provides free or discounted medical treatment whilst in the EU but it does not cover you for any health care that would not normally be provided by the country you are visiting. Nor will it cover rescue and repatriation.
It’s also worth remembering that the EHIC won’t provide you with any cover if you are the victim of crime, if you lose important items, lost luggage or if you have to cut your trip short due to an emergency at home.
An EHIC combined with a good value travel insurance policy is probably the best way to ensure you have all the cover you might need while away from home.
If you are on medication then make sure you have enough medication to last your trip. Most European pharmacies are extremely helpful. They stock a wide selection of drugs but if your health depends on specific medication then talk to your GP. Your GP may offer support and stock up before you go.
Regular Medical Appointments
Remember that flights from EU to UK are very frequent and if purchased in advance, can be extremely cheap. I need to visit the hospital every 3 months or so, but I don’t let it get in the way of our plans. I just jump on a plane, fly home of a week and then jump back on the plane. Its simple plus it gives me special time with my family and I get to pick up UK goodies for Craig.