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Travelers to Europe warned to get insurance

Which?: 'EHIC crucial for holidaymakers'
7 Jul 2011

Consumer watchdog Which? has issued guidelines for travellers on the importance of securing a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Which? has described the EHIC card as 'crucial' and states that it provides holidaymakers with 'invaluable help' with the cost of medical treatment should it be needed.

'An EHIC entitles the bearer to healthcare in participating countries, with treatment delivered on the same basis (and at the same cost) as for citizens of that state', Which? states.

While the card is important, Which? is keen to remind holidaymakers that an EHIC should not be thought of as a substitute for travel insurance.

Unlike travel insurance, the EHIC card does not cover people for treatment at private clinics, accommodation and repatriation to the UK.

It also does not cover 100% of the cost of any medical treatment provided by the state.

A survey commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported that nearly a third of Brits fail to get travel insurance for their holidays.

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