14 Answers

E.HIC card ?

Asked by: 9th March 2013


14 Answers

  1. Roy Stevenson on Mar 09, 2013

    I always take mine, just make sure that the Doctor/clinic/hospital accept them before treatment begins!

    • Shirley Bartlett on Mar 09, 2013

      Thank you – I thought as Lanzarote is not recognised as being in the EU they would not be valid.

  2. jude on Mar 09, 2013

    they can only be used in the centro salud ( local health centres) and the general hospitals, the private clinics and hospiten hospital do not accept them, i presume that is your question?

    • Shirley Bartlett on Mar 09, 2013

      Jude – thank you for that information. It was exactly my question (I don’t know where the question has disappeared to – good job you are a mind reader !)

  3. jude on Mar 10, 2013

    ha ha ! i just presumed ! woman’s intuition.
    just be aware tho that if you are ill and the hotel call an ambulance tell them its for the general hospital not private, most of them are on commission with the private clinics!! as are a lot of the holiday reps too, very naughty but it happens! so just clarify you want the local health centre (centro salud) or hospital (emergencias) if you are asking for directions , oh and always take your passport along with the health card if you need to attend either.
    hopefully you won’t need either!lol

  4. Tom Iles on Mar 11, 2013

    I think there is a technical problem on this site when asking a question. I too asked a question just over a month ago and the actual question never appeared. I’m sure this happens quite a lot. Any ideas what we are doing wrong?

  5. Shirley Bartlett on Mar 11, 2013

    Sorry Tom I haven’t got a clue what we are doing wrong. I submitted my question in full and saw no sign of it for a week. I then asked why my question wasn’t listed and the next day the title appeared but not the question !!!!! 🙁

  6. Tom Iles on Mar 11, 2013

    It’s this new fangled technology Shirley. I’m sticking to a quill pen in future. On the subject of the EHIC . My partner had cause to go to the Centro de Salud in Costa Teguise last year and her treatment was excellent. With the EHIC we only had to pay for medicines and the woman doctor spoke pretty good English.

  7. Shirley Bartlett on Mar 11, 2013

    Hi Tom – yes it’s great when it works properly ha ha. Pleased to hear your partner received good treatment and, as a matter of interest, where in Costa Teguise is the Centro de Salud as it would be handy to know for future reference. My brother had a bad attack of bronchitis last week when he was there and had to have a Doctor call and was prescribed antibiotics at a total cost of 360 Euros – good job he had medical insurance but the hotel told him the Ehic card was not recognised there. Hence my question really and Jude’s answer says it all !

  8. Tom Iles on Mar 11, 2013

    Shirley. The Centro De Salud that we used was on the Avenida Islas Canarias which is the long road that runs from the Pueblo Marinero to the Salinas Hotel. It is situated in the Cento Comercial Los Charcos which is just past the Hipo Dino supermarket and opposite the Las Maretas complex. Hope you don’t have to use it.

  9. Shirley Bartlett on Mar 11, 2013

    Tom – Many thanks for that info – I know where you are talking about and will make a note of it for the future (just in case !) as you obviously can’t trust the hotel/reps advice. Thanks a lot.

  10. jude on Mar 11, 2013

    have also heard that said numerous times shirley!! we are part of the eu and europeans are entitled to emergency health care when in an member eu country! its all a scam to get you to use the private health system, there is no problem with them if you are happy to and are able to pay, incidenitly you have to pay up front and claim back on your insurance when you get home! not always practical for everyone!

  11. Steve p on Mar 13, 2013

    Don’t just rely on the EHIC as not every thing is coverd by this so make sure you have travel insurance EHIC will not get you home if something serious happens

  12. Kitty on Apr 04, 2013

    The thing to remember about the EHIC is that it covers “basic emergency/necessary treatment”. There are no bells and whistles included. If you are really ill you will not want to be messing around looking for somewhere that will accept it. Make sure you have travel insurance so you can go to any doctor and claim the cost back when you get home.