EHIC card works in Benidorm.

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  1. Snowbird

    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    Having read several stories of Spanish hospitals not excepting the EHIC card in the past, I can confirm that its still excepted in Benidorm. I had a really bad case of gastroenteritis and finished up unconscious on the floor of the van last night. Ambulance was called and within 30 minutes I had seen a doctor at the local hospital and was put on a drip. No charge, not even for the ambulance and prescription. Just had a nice beef butty, the first thing I have had to eat in almost 3 days. Its still inside somewhere (y).
     
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    Sorry to hear that you've been ill but pleased that the system works as it should.
     
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    Bloody hell Dave I popped into yours on way back from bar saw Pat wasn't the wine I left was it :)
     
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    Exactly, its always a worry for those of us, that for one reason or another are unable to get private medical insurance. As long as you have your passport and EHIC card to hand there are no holdups or delays.
     
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    Ooooh no pal, not opened it yet. I think it was something to do with that Mexican night on Saturday. Am just hoping I will be fit for the meal out on Thursday.
     
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    Sorry to hear that you have been unwell and glad you are getting sorted out in hospital.

    Kath and Howie
     
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    Quite agree Dave - you never know when you might need it.(y)
     
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    Pleased you're now well. Also its good to know that the Spanish will honour the EHIC
     
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    Too posh / rich a food on the weekend Dave ;);)

    But glad to hear you are back and feeling better xx
     
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    It certainly worked for Dinah two years ago when she spent 3 days in Villajoyosa. Before she left she had to sign a claims form for the Brits to pay later.

    The only problem being the language barrier, but that's our fault.
     
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    Noooo, my dear. I have the constitution of a camel. Am amazed that any bugs have been able to attack my inner workings :D.
     
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    Glad you're okay. (y)

    Can confirm it works in Valencia too. Jan was rushed into hospital when we were at MotoGP a couple of weeks back great service great treatment and just took EHIC card no.
     
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    Thank you for all the reports on the EHIC card that is really reasureing, you read so many scare story's 3 confirmations there from people I know, that will do me.
     
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    If nothing else it just goes to show that we cannot believe everything we read on forums Carol. I know I had read somewhere that the Spanish were no longer excepting the EHIC card and that was why I put off going for medical treatment. My worries were completely unfounded however, and in future I will have no hesitation in using the excellent facilities here in Spain. I know for a fact, had I been in the UK when this unfortunate thing happened, I would still be waiting in A&E with all the drunks and junkies.
     
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    Over the years traveling with the kids we have used it several times in both France and Spain and had excellent service.. Children with bits of shell in their eye, cuts to feet, all done no problem.. I had an ear infection, probably picked up in a site swimming pool, also treated in Spain..

    While traveling within the EU there is absolutely no point or need to have private health insurance.. The only difference is that in the event of your demise it will repatriate the body.
     
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    My sentiments entirely Jim. In the unfortunate event of my demise in Spain, there are instructions set in place to cremate and if the family want my remains, then they can collect them at the same time as the van. If the microwave broke down, would you pay to have it repatriated to the UK. I think not. The body is only an empty box after all.
     
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    Glad to hear that all is now well with you Dave, and that the EHIC card is accepted.
    We will be arriving in Benidorm next week and your experience of using the card is very reassuring to us.
    Look forward to seeing you soon,
    Brisey & Pamelaaar.
     
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    The problem with Spain allegedly not accepting the EHIC card has been with people being in the country for many months and using the card for on going non urgent treatment. Once your card is registered for your first visit your subsequent visits will be logged and after numerous visits (and especially over three months) questions could be asked. It's this abuse of the card that has caused some problems for some people some of the time. For one off illnesses or accidents there should be no problem.
     
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    Hope you are feeling better!

    This a happy forum so I don't wana to make pep's cry....but I have so many things wrong with me, if I was a horse they would shoot me!:)

    Have used the card a few times in Italy and France it is a godsend!

    Don't you have to make sure you get taken to villajoyese? public hospital
     
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    Glad your better and sorted..

    And it's made me better reading about the EHIC being accepted, that's twice it's been confirmed today here on fun.. As you say just goes to show how the incorrect information can spread.. Even I am guilty of passing on some of it..

    Out of interest, can I ask... which hospital ?????
     
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