European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, allows EU residents to access medical resources when travelling outside of their EU country of residence…
European citizens who are travelling within the European Economic Area, (i.e. the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland, for private or professional reasons are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which simplifies the procedure when receiving medical assistance during their stay in a member state.
The EHIC entitles the holder to the same treatment at the same cost as a national of that country. For example, if medical care is provided free of charge in the member state where treatment is required, the claimant will be entitled to free medical care on presentation of the card or an equivalent document.
Presentation of the EHIC guarantees reimbursement of the medical costs on the spot, or soon after returning home.
In the event of treatment being required present the card at the earliest opportunity. The card is only valid for state provided services, not private hospitals or treatments.
- Comprehensive, general information from the EU
- The British NHS provides helpful information in English on what a visitor can expect in each of the EEA member countries. This is helpful for an English-speaking resident of France visiting another European country
Note: Third-country nationals (from outside the EU/EEA) resident in the EU and holding an EHIC cannot use their EHIC in Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. In Iceland, non EU/EEA nationals are only covered for emergency treatment. Holders of an EHIC in Denmark will only be eligible for free treatment in a public hospital in the event of:
- a sudden illness
- an unexpected aggravation of a chronic condition
- an emergency
The only personal information on the EHIC is the card holder's surname and first name, personal identification number and date of birth. The European health insurance card does not contain medical data. The card contains the same information in all countries where it is issued.
The duration of validity of the card varies from country to country - find out about this when making an application.
End of the E forms
The European Health Insurance Card replaces forms:
- E111 and E111B used by tourists
- E110 used by international road transporters
- E128 used by students and people working in a Member State other than their own
- E119 used by people registered as unemployed and seeking work in another Member State
Note: The forms E111 (and others) have not been valid since 31 December 2005.
The EHIC in Denmark
The European Health Insurance Card (EU-sygesikringskort) allows all legal residents of Denmark to benefit from emergency medical treatment and care when temporarily abroad.
Note: this is not independent travel insurance.
Applying for an EHIC in Denmark
Anyone covered by the Danish social security system is entitled to an EHIC
The card is issued free of charge by the local municipality office. Applications for the card can also be made online at Borger (in Danish)
- It is a plastic, non-electronic card
- An EHIC issued in Denmark is valid for five years
- Each member of a family must have their own card
- This card cannot be used in Denmark (unless the card is issued by another member state) and is not a method of payment
Obtaining medical treatment in Denmark with a card issued elsewhere
A card cannot be used within Denmark unless it has been issued from a different EU country.
Doctors and dentists: Consultations with a doctor or dentist are covered in Denmark for holders of an EHIC. However, the doctor or dentist must be registered with the public health service. Any fees paid to a doctor are reimbursed. Dental costs are partially reimbursed.
Hospitals: Emergency treatment at a hospital is provided free of charge on presentation of the EHIC.
Prescriptions: Prescription medicines must be paid for by the patient; the amount refunded varies depending on the medicine. Prescription costs under a certain amount are not reimbursed, however 50 percent of the amount paid may be reimbursed for patients under 18.
In order to claim money back within Denmark, contact a local municipality office (Kommune), and present prescriptions and original receipts.
EHIC Smartphone Application
The European Commission (Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) has developed a useful multi-language smartphone application which gives details of how to use the EHIC card in different countries within the EU. It summarises the treatments, costs, procedure for reimbursement and emergency numbers.
- European Health Insurance Card app for iPhone
- European Health Insurance Card app for Android
- European Health Insurance Card app for Windows Smartphone
- From the European Union website: Europa
- For the Europa database of national information and contacts