A BUSY YEAR IN BRITAIN
This year sees the UK host the Olympic and Para0lympic Games, as well as holding celebrations up and down the country for the Queen?s Diamond Jubilee.
Many British ex-pats will head back to the UK to join in the fun. But whether you are going back for a week or a couple of months, if you are normally resident in Spain you will need to ensure you have sufficient medical cover in case you are unfortunate enough to need to access medical treatment whilst in the UK on holiday.
As the article „The EHIC: The Basics? shows (see right), it is important to take a valid European Health Insurance Card with you when visiting the UK. As a resident in another country, you may be charged for any necessary medical treatment in the UK without it. For details on access to healthcare in the UK, and a list of exemptions that may apply, visit the NHS choices website (below).
If you are working in Spain, or in receipt of a Spanish Pension, you will need to apply for your EHIC (Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea) from the INSS (www.seg-social.es). However, if you are registered for healthcare in Spain under an S1, E121, E106 or E109 form from the UK, you will need to contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on 0044 191 218 1999 for your card. And for more information, please see www.nhs.uk. Happy Holidays!