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How do I get a European Health Insurance Card, what does it cover and is it free?

THE European Health Insurance Card is a document that gives you access to public health care across Europe.

The card gives you free or discounted access to health services in the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The European Health Insurance Card, which gives you access to healthcare across Europe

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You can use the card both when traveling abroad and for temporary stays in other countries.

But how does it work, how do you get a European Health Insurance Card, what does it cover and is it free?

Here’s everything you need to know.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The European Health Insurance Card gives you access to public health care in other European countries.

It can be used when traveling or temporarily staying in another country.

Each family member needs their own card, which is valid for up to four years.

When abroad, you should always carry your European Health Insurance Card with you.

It does not cover private health care and was formerly known as the E111 form.

HOW TO GET A EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD?

You can only apply for a European Health Insurance Card if you live in Ireland or another member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

There are three ways to apply for the card, which is renewed every four years: in person, by post and online.

You can apply in person at any local office – except for Dublin North West, Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow.

You can apply by post. You can print out an application form and send it to your health department with the required documents.

Or you can apply online via the HSE Website if you have a Health Insurance card or Medicines Payment Scheme card and live in Ireland.

The card can also be renewed through the HSE website and you will need to apply for your card to be renewed.

WHERE CAN YOU USE THE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD?

The European Health Insurance Card can be used in 31 countries in Europe.

The card can be used throughout the country of the European Union or European Economic Area and Switzerland.

The EEA consists of 27 member states of the European Union plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

It cannot be used in Andorra and Monaco as these are not part of the EU and EEA and private health insurance is recommended there.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

The European Health Insurance Card covers a range of things, including free or discounted public healthcare.

It also covers a temporary stay in the country of up to three months.

As well as covering pre-existing conditions and routine maternity care – as long as you don’t go there to give birth.

If you are studying abroad, the card is valid for up to one academic year.

It does not cover private health care, the cost of flights home to Ireland, current or permanent health care and medical expenses where the reason for your travel abroad is to receive treatment.

HOW MUCH DOES THE CARD COST?

The European Health Insurance Card and the provisional replacement certificates are free of charge.

It’s also free to renew your European Health Insurance Card.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FORGOT TO BRING MY CARD ABROAD?

If you forget to take your card with you, you may be able to get a refund.

This also applies if the healthcare providers have mistakenly billed you.

To apply for a refund, contact your local HSE health department with all receipts.

The HSE will send you an E126 form to the health authorities in the other state to find out how much is due and if the service you used was a public health service.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CARD IS MISSING BEFORE THE TRIP?

If you don’t have your European Health Insurance Card before you travel, you can get a provisional replacement certificate.

This certificate gives you the same authority as the card, but only for a short period of time.

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You can apply for the certificate online, in person, or by mail at your local health department.

You can only get a temporary replacement card for yourself.

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