Spanish public hospitals refuse EHIC
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I have been concerned for some time as to how UK tourists and Travel insurers are being treated by Spanish Hospitals.
Contrary to EU Law, public Spanish hospitals are charging patients who have travel insurance. This is despite presenting a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously E111) which should meet the cost of treatment.
It is part of a reciprocal agreement, that only appears to be flouted by certain Spanish hospitals. Payment of these charges can cause an unnecessary increase in insurance premiums. Hospitals seem to be employing a tactic of approaching tourists directly for payment where the travel insurer has correctly referred the hospital to the EHIC system. This can be very upsetting for a tourist who has received treatment and has cover under the EHIC system and valid travel insurance. It is also contrary to EU law.
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