EHIC expiration leaves Brits uncovered
07 May 2009 05:17
British sun-seekers could be travelling to European destinations this summer without adequate travel insurance, following the expiration of three million healthcare cards.
Only ten per cent of terminated European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have been renewed, according to the Department of Health, which could mean that thousands of holiday-makers are travelling without the required holiday insurance cover.
The Daily Telegraph reported that this is particularly relevant for those holidaying in Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, as these islands have ended an agreement with British authorities over healthcare cover.
Steve Williams, head of travel insurance at Confused.com, explained that the absence of the card could result in medical bills totalling "thousands of pounds".
He told the national newspaper: "Travellers should ensure they not only have the right travel insurance, for their circumstances, but they have read the policy in detail - especially when claiming medical expenses."
Last week, Sainsbury's Finance revealed that hiding pre-existing medical conditions on travel insurance claims can void the policy.