Using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain 

This video has been jointly produced by the Department of Health and the British Embassy in Madrid to explain how to use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain. The EHIC can only be used in public hospitals. It entitles the cardholder to any medically necessary treatment that cannot wait until they return home. For more information, visit www.healthcareinspain.eu.

Find out how to apply for an EHIC

Transcript of Using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BRITISH EMBASSY MADRID

This is the life, eh, Alfie?

First holiday in Spain now we've retired.

Alfie, wake up!

AFTER SUN

We look redder than a Spanish tomato!

To the nearest public hospital, please.

HOSPITAL GENERAL UNIVERSITARIO URGENCIAS

Please, wait!

If you need to see a doctor, make sure to visit a public hospital or medical centre.

Use your European Health Insurance Card or EHIC

to be treated under the public system,

and don't forget or your travel insurance to cover other unexpected costs.

Here's my EHIC.

That was easy.

An EHIC card covers you for public medically necessary care

during a holiday in another European Union country.

"Medically necessary" means treatment that can't wait till you get home,

like the Thompsons.

Even if you do have an EHIC, get travel insurance.

An EHIC doesn't cover everything, like an air ambulance

or get you any private treatment. No insurance could mean big bills.

Sugar! My EHIC's at home!

If you've lost or forgotten your EHIC, just call the Overseas Healthcare Team

on 00 44 191 218 1999.

For more information on the European Health Insurance Card,

visit www.healthcareinspain.eu.

Avoid an EHIC-cup on holiday.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BRITISH EMBASSY MADRID

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