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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

Mail Online Fury as Spanish 'trick' British holidaymakers into paying for emergency healthcare

- Hospitals in the cash-strapped country have refused to give free treatment to unwell holidaymakers
- European Commission has demanded answers after tourists were denied treatement or told to pay big medical bills
- A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is supposed to give all EU citizens access to state medical care in member countries

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is meant to guarantee free or reduced healthcare in Europe
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The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is meant to guarantee free or reduced healthcare in Europe

 

Julia Manning, spokeswoman for think tank 2020health, said earlier in the month: 'We have heard many reports of holidaymakers being told they must pay for treatment in Spain — despite having an EHIC card.'


'These people are unwitting victims of the financial crisis and our Government should be warning about the dangers before we head abroad. We are in a situation when holidaymakers will have to check with their insurer before they leave home and say: “Will you cover me no matter what?” ’