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Unforeseen medical treatment - United Kingdom

Emergency

Call 999 or 112

National Health Service 111 service (NHS)

Treatment, coverage & costs

Doctors

Dentists

  • All NHS dental treatment that is clinically necessary is provided at a standard non-refundable charge. Find a dentist near you.

Hospital treatment (NHS)

  • Apart from emergency care, hospital treatment is arranged through your doctor (GP), dentist or optician. Most treatment at NHS hospitals is free if you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Find a hospital near you.
  • As a visitor with a valid card you are entitled to all clinically necessary state provided medical treatment free of charge. The card does not cover planned treatment.

Prescriptions

Ambulance

  • Necessary ambulance transport is free of charge.

Air ambulance

  • No information available.

Reimbursement

  • In the UK, treatment is most often free of charge, so there is no refund system.
  • When standard charges are applied (such as fees for NHS dentists or prescription charges), these are not refundable in the UK.
  • If you have to pay for care, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home to seek reimbursement.

Patient contribution

  • In the UK, treatment is most often free of charge, but you must show your EHIC when accessing healthcare.
  • Standard charges that must be paid by patients apply for NHS dentists.
  • There is also a charge for prescriptions, which is payable at the pharmacy.

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy

Loss of card

Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in the United Kingdom, while abroad requiring treatment

Overseas Healthcare Team:

Tel: 0191 218 1999 (from the UK)

+44 191 218 1999 (from abroad)

Email: overseas.healthcare@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Re-apply for lost or stolen card once back in the UK.