The rules on sickness, maternity and paternity benefits are similar and apply to people insured in any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
You have access to the healthcare, e.g. a doctor or a hospital, for medical care, that may become necessary during a holiday or any other temporary stay in one of these countries, under the same conditions as nationals of that country. This means that sometimes you will have to pay. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will help you prove your rights.
Learn more on our pages dedicated to the EHIC
If you are travelling specifically to receive medical treatment, you need to obtain an authorisation (S2 form) from your health insurance institution before leaving.
Learn more on our pages dedicated to planned medical treatment
The country where you are insured is always responsible for paying your sickness, maternity or paternity benefits in cash, i.e. benefits that replace a wage that has been suspended due to sickness. These benefits will be paid according to the rules of the country where you are insured, regardless of where you are living or staying.
Check our frequently asked questions to find out which rules apply to your situation.
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