Most holiday-makers return from their breaks with out incident. Nonetheless, accidents do occur and when it does so in an EU nation, these carrying an EHIC (European Well being Insurance coverage Card) can anticipate free or decreased remedy.
The EHIC entitles European Union (EU) residents to free healthcare in public hospitals. It’s supposed to provide overseas guests the identical degree of care in emergencies because the locals obtain.
But some Spanish hospitals are rejecting the cardboard, telling vacationers from the EU to reclaim the price of remedy from their journey insurance coverage.
The BBC has reported that a British holiday-maker went to hospital severely dehydrated, however was requested to indicate his journey insurance coverage particulars.
The Fee accepts that cash-strapped hospitals aren’t utilizing this as a money-spinner, however extra a case of stopping unlawful functions.
However, the Fee has acquired a number of hundred complaints from vacationers in Spain and has unveiled incidents the place the price of a lot greater non-public remedy is being handed on to the journey insurers “or, more and more, is being billed to the residents immediately”.
If the Fee finds that the there was an infringement of EU legislation, then the Spanish authorities may very well be fined.