I had never heard of the EHIC card before I had our eldest son, but upon booking a family holiday and reading up on everything I may need I discovered the EHIC card. I promptly got all my family members including our eldest son a card. It is so easy to do and you can renew online to.
EHIC – Its Free
Some companies charge you but please don’t part with your money. The service is free and it is simple to apply for a card. You can phone, or send an application form by post or even do it online. It doesn’t replace travel insurance but I would definitely recommend getting this card if you are entitled to it.
Here is some information from the NHS website about the EHIC.
An EHIC will enable you to access state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland, at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover your treatment until you return to the UK. It also covers treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, providing the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth.
You can get more information on the NHS Website. In my eyes its better to have a card than not to have one so please read up on it if you are going abroad within the EU.
We have had to use our cards while abroad which we are very grateful for the services we got from the local doctor while we were in Germany. You can read about our first trip abroad with our eldest son when he was 16 weeks old and how we had to use the card while we were away. As first time parents at the time of the holiday we were pretty worried when our son fell ill. Luckily it wasn’t anything serious and he was OK. We are glad we had the cards.