Countries where you can use the European Health Insurance Card

Building a united Europe is a long-standing dream of the generations that followed the Second World War

Over the years, this dream has been achieved through the creation of the European Union and all the cohesion policies that have brought the member states closer together with a single currency and the free movement of people, capital and goods.

In which countries can the European Health Insurance Card be used?

One of the many advantages of being European citizens (as Spain is part of the European Union) is the ability to obtain the European Health Insurance Card, which covers you when you travel to any of the 28 member states of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden), as well as the countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland.

In the event of a medical incident during temporary stays in any of these countries, holders of the European Health Insurance Card and any beneficiaries under their care will be covered under the same terms and conditions as a resident in the country of travel. This does not mean that any treatment you receive will be free, as there are major differences between the healthcare systems of each member state and healthcare services are not free in all of them. 

Free healthcare in other countries

Similarly, in the event of having to pay for a medical service, European Health Insurance Card holders from another country will pay the same amount as a resident of the country of travel.

The European Health Insurance Card does not cover trips taken specifically to receive a certain form of treatment in another country or permanent stays in a foreign country resulting in a change of residence. 

 

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