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14 August 2012 11:03
Millions of British tourists have headed to Europe to escape the dismal weather this year
British holidaymakers embarking on trips to European destinations this year have been urged to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is free on the NHS.
The advice comes from travel expert Simon Calder, who said the free EHIC card will enable holders to receive state healthcare at a reduced rate or even for free.
The card, which replaced the E111 in 2006, makes it easier for people suffering ill health during their trip to secure treatment abroad by covering treatments until they plan to return home.
But Calder also spoke about people travelling with ongoing health issues, with his comments reinforcing the importance of
pre-existing medical travel insurance.
He urged people to inform their provider if they have a pre-existing medical condition, or if they plan on taking part in any unusual activities.
"Always make sure the travel insurance you are buying is suitable for your needs," said Calder. "I, for instance, just buy mine to cover medical emergencies so I have a fairly cheap no-frills policy."
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