If you are a citizen who lives in any European Union or European Economic Area country, including Switzerland, then you are entitled to healthcare in any other country which falls in to these categories. For example, a resident of the United Kingdom can access services for healthcare in other European Union and European Economic Area countries and vice versa. This is all made possible through the European Health Insurance Scheme. Anyone who holds a valid European Health Insurance Card are applicable for this service. By having an up to date European Health Insurance Card, you essentially cover yourself for emergencies and health related issues during your time abroad. The EHIC application process is straightforward and easy to use.
How do I apply for an EHIC?
You will need to make an application for your European Health Insurance Card in Finland before you travel abroad and they usually take between three to ten working days to arrive by post. Therefore, it is a good idea to give yourself enough time, before you travel, for your European Health Insurance Card to arrive so that you are covered for medical care when abroad. You can apply for a European Health Insurance Card through our website. Each application can also include a partner and up to four dependent children under the age of eighteen.
How the EHIC Card can benefit you abroad
Although the card does not exempt you from charges, it lets you access the same high standards of healthcare that you would receive in the United Kingdom at a reduced price and even for free in some cases. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to pay for medical treatment in advance, you can claim back the expenses, with help from your health insurance, by keeping a hold of the relevant paperwork.
It is important to remember that the European Health Insurance Card is not an alternative for your insurance. The European Health Insurance Card is more or less a form of identification which informs foreign medical systems that you qualify for the EHIC scheme, are from a European Union nation and confirms that you can be treated.
On your Finnish holiday, why is it important to have an EHIC?
It is important for tourists to have a valid and up to date European Health Insurance Card when visiting Finland. This is also the case for Finnish residents who want to visit other European Union and European Economic Area countries including Switzerland. With a European Health Insurance Card, you can access medical services, within Finland, for routine healthcare and emergencies. The European Health Insurance Card enables you to access these at a reduced cost or even free of charge although it does depend on the treatment you receive. However, the European Health Insurance Card does not cover anyone who intends to travel to Finland for the sole purpose of receiving medical treatment (for example to give birth). The European Health Insurance Card does cover necessary routine treatment such as radiotherapy and dialysis.