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Travellers have E111 misconceptions

13 July 2011 11:43

UK travellers often have misconceptions surrounding E111 cards, research shows.

UK travellers often have misconceptions surrounding E111 cards, research shows.

Many British holidaymakers wrongly feel that they can use an E111 card to access free forms of medical treatment while out of the country, new figures indicate.

People with existing conditions might wish to consider taking out medical travel insurance before they head overseas this summer.

However, research suggests that E111s may be relied upon by a number of UK travellers this year, with 33% of people who possess these cards believing they can gain free treatment with them when in the EU.

European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) were introduced five years ago in place of E111 cards.

A total of 4% of the people included in the research reported that they feel an EHIC can be adequately substituted with a passport.

State-provided medical ­treatment is generally covered by the EHIC. Other health issues which might also be covered by it include maternity care and renal dialysis.