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Topic: New EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) rules on reclaiming patient contribution
Posted by: Mary Oppe
Date/Time: 05/08/14 10:44:00

Checking on the NHS website this morning for some information on the EHIC card, I found out that, as of July 1st, 2014, you can no longer reclaim reimbursement of the patient contribution, payable in some other countries, on return to the UK.

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

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

Your EHIC will continue to allow 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 that you are visiting."

Thought this might be useful for others to know.

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