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tanemera

European Health Insurance Card
« on: September 25, 2008 »
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  • In case you didn't know, these cards have an expiry date!  I just checked my card (which replaced my old E111) prior to departing for the sunny shores of Los Gigantes and discovered that it expired on 9 September!  I called the number provided on the card, 0845 4647, which is the wrong number (the correct number is 0845 606 2030) and was advised that they are not automatically renewed.  You have to phone and apply for renewal.  This was easy enough to do, you just have to quote the PIN number and answer a couple of security questions.  They will also renew your spouse's card at the same time.  However, my new one won't arrive for 10 days, which is too late for me.  They gave me a number to call in a medical emergency.  Call this number and they will fax the necessary proof of entitlement to whoever needs it.  The phone number for this service is 0044 191 2181 999. 

    Annie

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    « Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008 »
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  • Thanks for the tip Juan. I had never thought of these expiring which is stupid I know. I have just looked at ours and they expire on 1/11/08. They were valid from 1/09/05 so only last for three years. As we are just about to go away and return on the 31st October I will sort it out then .Thanks again :)

    Offline flossie55

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    Re: European Health Insurance Card
    « Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008 »
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  • Thanks a lot for this.  We also had no idea there was an expiry date on the cards have just looked and they expire on 1st October and we are going to LG for ten weeks on 7th October.  Lets hope we get the new cards before we travel.  We are passing this information on to all our friends, who I am sure also do not know they expire.  Many many thanks.

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    Re: European Health Insurance Card
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  • Just in case it's of help especially for us older folk do you know about EHIC plus? (wwwehicplus.com). It is an insurance scheme to help those who rely on the EHIC. There seems to be no age limit and premiums are very reasonable. Worth checking out. :)

    grockle

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    « Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008 »
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  • Oops !
    Yes, our family have EHICs which expire on 01/10/08 so thanks Juan.
    The font is  small and the white on grey writing is very unclear. Like many others the words 'expiry date' had passed me by completely.

    orange

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    « Reply #5 on: September 26, 2008 »
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  • The NHS Website - NHS Direct states that these Cards are valid for 5 years.

    They only started issuing them in 2005 - so what is going on?
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    tanemera

    Re: European Health Insurance Card
    « Reply #6 on: September 26, 2008 »
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  • The good news is that my new card arrived today, just two days after I requested it!  How's that for service! 

    orange

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  • How long is it valid for Juan?

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    Re: European Health Insurance Card
    « Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008 »
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  • and I didn't realise until recently that the pink driving licences have an expiry date on too and its not when you're 70

    tanemera

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    « Reply #9 on: September 28, 2008 »
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  • Orange - the new health card is valid for 5 years.  They probably don't expect me to last much longer than that!

    CS - I checked my pink driving license and it's valid until I'm 70.  The paper counterpart also tells me I can "provisionally" drive road rollers and tracked vehicles.  So if you see a Centurian tank with 'L' plates around LG, wave, 'cos it'll be me!

    orange

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    « Reply #10 on: September 28, 2008 »
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  • Thanks Juan - I wonder why they issued some for less than 5 years
    in the first place.

    But this is not just Bureaucracy this is NHS Bureaucracy.

    It has taken until the 1st April 2008 for the NHS to insist that
    this card is produced in the UK by overseas vistors for treatment -
    or should that be Health Tourists...