EHIC in france

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  1. greyman1

    greyman1 Read Only Funster

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    has anybody had to rely on their EHIC for healthcare treatment in france recently ? if so was it readily accepted and did you have to pay for anything ? my understanding is that if you do incur any costs, then a good percentage, if not all can be claimed back when you get home. has any funsters actually had to do this and did it work !! cheers garry
     
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    Hello Gary - MrsShiftzz here
    Yes, I have. I had to visit a doctor (very nice young lady - excellent english) who prescribed medication and referred me to the local hospital for an x-ray and tests
    The appointment was, I think, €23 and the medication €40-ish both of which had to be paid at the time. Both the doctor and the chemist are aware of the system and give you a receipt on a brown form (sorry, I can't look up the name of the form because I'm not at home) which you use to reclaim the money when you get home by telephoning the number on the back of the card (DWP Newcastle)
    At the A&E Dept of the hospital, I was booked in and the details from the EHIC card together with my address were logged on to their system - my understanding is that because it was considered to be an emergency it was not chargeable, although the hospital did write to me at a later date asking for a copy of my passport which I did not have with me at the time
    I can only say that I found the service from the doctor, the hospital and the DWP to be excellent and (with a little help from my friends) very easy to use
    I hope this answers your question :thumb:
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    thanks for that reply mrs shiftzz its good to know that the system actually works in REALITY , at least as far as france is concerned anyway ! regards garry
     
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    fine, BUT do the NHS charge the French, Spainish, Germans etc, etc in the same situation..I don't think so! wasn't there a recent news item that European countries were not paying the reciprocal health charges billed to them by the NHS for services rendered:Angry:
     
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    Recently got whizzed off by French ambulance to A&E! They asked about payment and I gave them my EHIC. they asked for my passport for ID, which I didn't have on me. They were able to accept my driving license and there was a small charge (€19) which I was more than happy to pay. They said I could claim it from insurance co. but I was happy just to stand the cost and yes, couldn't fault the treatment.:thumb:

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    We went to Limoges in June and while we there we had to take my Daughter to A+E because she banged her head on a low beam in a a gite we were staying in.
    She had a thorough examination, 2 X-rays and left with a spongy collar on
    We just filled in the consent form and left. They didn't ask to see any ID or cash.
    Last week we had the bill, €109, contacted Eurotunnel insurance and they will sort if out
    The only problems we had was that no one in the Hospital spoke English and I couldn't remember medical terms from school! I just banged my head with the palm of my hand and said Gite. :Doh:
    Aah, was the reply, they understood. It's must happen a lot!
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