European Health Insurance Card
If you are travelling abroad this summer do not forget to pack your European Health Insurance Card.
If you are an EU national and are travelling or staying temporarily in another state of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are entitled to receive medical care if you become ill or have an accident.
In the unlikely event that you need medical care while abroad, you can go to the nearest public system doctor, public hospital, or other public treatment centre and present your Card. You do need the card to avail of the benefits and each family member will need their own card! so make sure you bring the card for each child.
Depending on which country you are in there may be some element of co-payment for the services you receive.
You can apply online for the card at hse.ie
Currently, the EEA comprises the 28 member states of the European Union together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Your European Health Insurance Card is valid for use throughout any of these countries and in Switzerland