What Use Is The Ehic Card

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  1. FM02MZO

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    Last August I collapsed in SW France and was taken by ambulance to Langon hospital, which is about 30 miles SE of Bordeaux. My wife gave the hospital my passport and EHIC details.
    The ambulance crew were firemen and were very efficient, they also travelled slow enough to enable my wife to follow in the motorhome, they even showed her to a corner of the hospital car park where she was able to stay for three nights.
    They did not supply any medication as I had got my own in the motorhome, they kept me for three days for observation then let me go.
    On returning home I received an invoice a few months later, so I contacted our Overseas Heathcare Team in Newcastle, who said that I must first pay the account then send them copies of my receipts for a refund etc.
    As we were travelling to Spain for Xmas and New Year we decided to call in and pay the account there.
    On returning home I contacted Newcastle again who sent me a wad of forms to complete and return, which I did.
    This morning I have just received a letter from Newcastle, which reads: The authorities in France have told us that they cannot authorise a refund because Not covered Under FW Legislation.

    So what actual use the EHIC card ?

    Before anyone mentions it we have Red Pennant cover for both health and vehicle.

     
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  2. WillH

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    We have never had a problem with the EHIC card before, just claimed back but only for minor ailments. Can't you claim on your Red Pennant, I'd be interested on how you get on as we have never claimed on that before.
     
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    Not sure about France, but in Spain, to use the EHIC you must make sure that you are taken to a Health Service hospital and NOT a Private hospital, where you will be charged

    Hotels, for example, tend to call for Ambulance to a Private Hospital by default
     
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    What was the charge for as i always thought that you had to pay for bed or food seperately in some foreign countries . You do not always get like for like with NHS . Never had a problem using my EHIC abroad and have received excellant service each time
     
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    I have used my EHIC card on a couple of occasions in Spain with no problems.

    You do have to be aware that the card does not cover you for private treatment or Ambulance, and of course, any patient contribution payable in that country.

    In other words you get treated the same as a native of the country you are in.

    That seems fair enough to me.


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    Also as far as I am aware in France anything life threatening is free!
     
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    They are handy for scraping frost off the windscreen :rolleyes:
     
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    Nice!:D
     
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