European Health Insurance Card - Query

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  1. FM02MZO

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    Last August I ended up having 2 days in a French hospital. Whilst we were there we gave them my Passport details together with the details off my current European Health Insurance Card, when we came to leave the hospital a receptionist wanted to give us a bill, but an English speaking doctor who was present overheard the conversation and told the receptionist there wasn't any payment due, as the hospital had already got all our details.

    Two weeks ago I received an invoice from the hospital in Langon, France requesting payment of €276.09.


    Can anyone please tell me if I am responsible for the bill ?
     
  2. DanielFord

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    How naughty, no you should not get a bill, France fully reciprocates our EHIC.
    I would advise contacting the EHIC and explaining the situation, I don't have my card to hand, but if memory serves there is a phone number on the back that you can call.
     
  3. Fenman

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    The UK health card covers you for some of the French treatment but not all. Even French residents often have insurance for the part of treatment not covered by the state.
    It's stuff like hospital food, certain costs which you cover with travel insurance.
    Does the invoice show a breakdown of what it's for and what part of the total was paid by the NHS?
    Probably that's what the invoice is for.
     
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  5. Judge Mental

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    Complicated is it not! we take a lot for granted here in the UK. You soon find how great our NHS is when things go wrong,..

    That being said, I'm in favour of a means tested contributory system if it would improve the NHS here...
     
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    Hi I think if you contact the number on the card they will advise you.
    I think the advice will be pay the bill and then request a claim for and you will be reimbursed, but possibly not the full amount. ..
    Ta andy
     
  7. Zains Pops

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    If you carry general travel insurance, then pass the problem to them.
    We always have an annual multi trip policy for our MH travels and the other trips we take in the year, it seems to work for us, although thankfully never made a claim!
     
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    As things are at the moment it pays to have some private insurance in Europe irrespective,if you are in a situation where you need treatment especially urgent treatment, the last thing you want is the worry that yourself or a member of your family may not get it.Some hospitals will not give you the best treatment without private insurance .You have to remember health services abroad are not as generous as ours .The first thing they will ask for if you go to a hospital is your insurance policy .it does pay to have both ,Health card and private.
     
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    The AA has insured my wife and I for 155 days at £103.and that is after telling them that I had a replacement hip in December. I am 70 and my wife is a little younger. I am insured with ADAC as well. Better to be safe.
     
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    A few years ago Mrs. Gasman had to go into a hospital while we were in France I think we had to pay 10% of the cost also the full cost of the ambulance, I was marched off to the cash machine while Kathy was being booked in. The full amount was was reimbursed by the travel insurance with no problem.
     
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    Would that our doctors and hospitals treated visitors the same way and maybe our NHS would have more money to treat UK residents!
     
  12. Frentchy

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    I can see Langon Hospital from my house! was it the Hospital, or Clinic St Anne?
    Without further details I can't advise, or inquire, It could be for the room, but that seems expensive.
     
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  13. FM02MZO

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    It was the hospital, The invoice reads:-
    Medicine €222-09
    2 Forfait Journalier €36-00
    1 Forfait Journalier € 18-00

    Total €276-09

    I had 2 blood tests, 1 Cardiograph, Blood pressure and temperature taken several times. The food was rubbish, you were only given one warm drink a day the rest was water. I was not given any medication as I had got all of my own.
    The good thing about it was that, they allowed the wife to put the motorhome in their car park and she was able to sleep in it.
     
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    I broke my arm in four places in France. Went to hospital in Dinan, had an op to insert pins, stayed there for 3 days, and used the E 111 form, now replaced by a Blue card.
    My treatment was free under reciprocal EU agreements.
    The only charge I got was for 30€ for wine ? My wife and mother in law had on their visits.
    Make sure you have your Blue card with you.
    Phil
     
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    Can you imagine that happening in a hospital here!
     
  16. scousebird

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    Actually there was a thread recently where someone was able to park their MH at hospital in Barrow in Furness? while their other half was in receiving treatment.
     
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    How many stories do we hear on the news about holiday makers without insurance facing big bills because they didn't take insurance?
     
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    There was a thread on here recently where someone was able to park there MH at Barrow in Furness (I think) hospital while their other half was in for a few weeks.
     
  19. John Laidler

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    The "Forfait Journalier" is the daily cost for laundry, food etc. I can only suggest writing to them, in English, asking why the costs cannot be covered by your EHIC card. It is possible they are hoping you have medical insurance (do you?), or it might have been a private hospital in which case the EHIC may not cover it. You don't mention how you got to the hospital, i.e. via a doctor or did you go to A&E?

    My understanding of the EHIC is it only provides the same basic level of care which citizens of that country can expect. So for example, in some countries laundry and food are not covered and relatives are expected to provide these. If they don't, there is a charge.
     
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    Normally it should be covered direct to the UK, have you inquired if its been payed by the NHS (double billed), my daughter will check with her Mother-in law who works at the Pasteur (Langon Hospital); I know the food is Crap!! Our GP who was in the Maternity Ward took a photo of 'IT" and asked the nurse to describe what it was supposed to be, she couldn't!!:sicker:
     
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