European Health Insurance Card “EHIC”
You can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access treatment in a European state funded facility until 31 December 2020.
As you will know, the UK is in a transition period having left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The existing rules on travel and business for the UK and EU will continue through 2020 and new rules will take effect from 1 January 2021.
What happens at this time will be decided through negotiations between the UK and EU.
Using your EHIC card
For those customers who have elected to include Overseas Emergency Treatment,
you are required to use your EHIC card where it is accepted i.e when seeking medical treatment in a European state funded facility/hospital.
WPA will pay for eligible treatment costs that are over and above that included within the EHIC agreement.
WPA also provide funding for eligible treatment in private medical hospitals and clinics where the EHIC is not valid.
The Overseas Emergency Treatment cover provides benefit for unforeseen treatment that, for medical reasons,
cannot be delayed until your return to the UK. Please note that this is not a full Travel Insurance policy.
To make an emergency claim you must call the WPA Worldwide Coordination Centre: (+44) 20 8682 3800.
This 24 hour service offers all major languages and can provide invaluable help and advice on making an emergency claim.
Your policy documentation will confirm whether or not you are covered for overseas emergency treatment.