Are Britons still entitled to medical care with their EHIC once the post-Brexit ...

BREXIT has officially happened with the UK now in a transitional period with the EU until the end of the year. The European Health Insurance Card will remain valid until the end of this period, but what happens to those whose cards expire before the end of 2020? Are they protected?

PUBLISHED: 22:35, Mon, Feb 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:50, Mon, Feb 17, 2020

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The UK is now in a transitional, post-Brexit period, while world leaders negotiate with Prime Minster Boris Johnson to determine trade and immigration deals. While little is known about the future, it is likely that, if Boris Johnson does not negotiate some of these things, the UK will lose some of the perks the EU brought with it, including the European Health Insurance Card.

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What is the European Health Insurance Card?

European Health Insurance cards allow Britons to gain access to medical facilities in EU countries if they find themselves unexpectedly ill whilst travelling.

If you are an EHIC holder than you are entitled to the same treatment as local citizens in the area - this is particularly useful in emergencies.

They also cover pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care as well as emergency care.

According to the BBC, to date, the UK has issued 27 million cards.

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What will happen to EHICs after the end of 2020?

The fate of the EHICs is largely in the hands of governments who are currently in talks over how relations will stay in place between the UK and neighbouring countries moving forward.

Though nothing is set in stone, there is a chance the cards will no longer be available to Britons.

The Government said: “If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your EHIC might not be valid anymore.”

According to the BBC, the Government is “seeking agreements with countries on health care arrangements for UK nationals”.

The good news is that they are still going to be valid until December 2020, which means UK residents can continue to use them on their holidays throughout the year.


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