Important information & EHIC Declaration
A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives card holders the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries or Switzerland. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would be to a resident of that country and is provided either at reduced cost or, in many cases, for free. The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until the card holder returns home. This includes treatments for pre-existing medical conditions.
The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy in place before you travel.
Entitlement to an EHIC (in all EEA countries) is based on insurability under EU law, and not on a person's nationality. The UK operates a residency-based healthcare system which means that insurability in the UK is generally determined by residency and not by the past or present payment of National Insurance contributions or UK taxes.
If you are ordinarily resident and work in the UK, or if you are ordinarily resident in the UK and do not work, then it is likely that you will be considered to be insured by the UK under EU law and will be entitled to a UK EHIC.
If you are:
- a pensioner in a different country to that which pays your state pension
- a pensioner residing in the UK and in receipt of a pension from another member state
- a student studying elsewhere in the EEA
- a student coming to study in the UK
- a worker posted abroad by your UK employer
- a person who lives in one country but works in another
- a person who lives in more than one country
- a person who works in more than one country
- non EEA or Swiss national
please read Access to Healthcare Abroad or contact the enquiry line on 0300 330 1350 to determine your eligibility for an EHIC.
If you are not eligible for a UK EHIC you may be eligible for an EHIC issued by another EEA country or Switzerland in which you are insured.
Important: If your circumstances change you may lose your entitlement to a UK EHIC. If you use your UK EHIC when you are no longer entitled to it, you may be liable for the full cost of treatment received. Circumstances that might lead to you losing your entitlement to a UK EHIC include moving abroad, taking up work abroad or changing your residency status.
Please read this declaration carefully before accepting it. By making this declaration I agree to the following statements:
I understand that should the main applicant have a change to residency status , move abroad to live or take up work abroad then he or she may no longer be entitled to a UK EHIC. In these circumstances the relevant authorities should be informed and, if required, all associated EHICs returned.
I understand that if I have used the EHIC to access healthcare abroad when I am not entitled to do so, I may be liable for the full cost of the treatment. I also understand that this also applies to EHICs for other people mentioned on this application.
I understand that this card does not prove entitlement to NHS services, and does not prove entitlement to planned treatment outside the UK. I also understand that this card is not a proof of identity or residency in the UK and is not an alternative to travel insurance.
I declare that I have read and understood the eligibility requirements for receiving an EHIC. I confirm that I will give complete and accurate information in relation to this application. I understand and accept that if I provide NHSBSA with false or misleading information I may be liable for criminal prosecution.
I understand that the administration of the EHIC and responsibility for counter fraud and security management in the NHS are both responsibilities of the NHSBSA.
I will supply any additional information which might be reasonably required by NHSBSA to verify information I have given on this form.
I understand that NHS Protect, a division of NHSBSA, and other NHS organisations and government agencies may use the information on this form and otherwise in connection with this application for the purposes of the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and error affecting the NHS. The information can also be used for the purposes of prosecution of fraud.
I agree to the disclosure of information on this form for the purposes of verification and, in compliance with the Data Protection Act, to and from other organisations including:
- Local Authorities to which Council Tax is paid in respect of my dwelling throughout the United Kingdom
- Organisations from which I am receiving benefits and/or support
- The Department for Work and Pensions
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Credit reference agencies
We may contact you to discuss your application by any of the methods you have provided on the application.
In continuing with this application, I confirm that:
The main applicant specified in this application has British, EU, EEA or Swiss nationality.
The main applicant specified in this application is ordinarily resident in the UK , and aged 16 or over
The persons named in this application have consented to their personal details being disclosed.
I agree to the terms of the Data Protection Statement set out here. (View)
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