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E111 health cards - watch the expiry dates

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Beaaware Wed 08-Jun-11 22:53:32

Suddenly noticed that my family E111 cards had recently expired, they only last for 5 years, so if you are planning to go away ensure your cards are upto date as it will take at least 2 weeks to receive new ones, or you can ring the helpline for more advice.

boxoftricks Wed 08-Jun-11 22:57:48

ahh i got caught out on this recently! although my travel insurance covered it so was fine.

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 09-Jun-11 07:17:27

The E111 cards were replaced in 2006 by the EHIC cards.

Would not rely on the EHIC card alone for travel; have adequate travel insurance cover as well.

Wallace Thu 09-Jun-11 07:27:59

Yes, please please get travel insurance too.

My ds1 had a bad accident in Spain and the EHIC would only have covered treatment in the government hospital which was full and not very good.

Travel insurance got us into a private hospital and more importantly got us home!

dreamingofsun Thu 09-Jun-11 19:59:48

beaaware thanks big time. ours had expired a couple of months ago and i hadn't realised. just in time to renew for school hols

Putthatbookdown Thu 09-Jun-11 20:22:51

I agree with WALLACE; one of us was ill abroad -you do not realise the expenses involved ON TOP OF the medical stuff Our insurance covered rebooking of flights, accommodation for a person to stay with the ill party, a nurse on the flight home etc

Graciescotland Thu 09-Jun-11 20:25:32

five years, bollocks, thought it was ten, must renew...

Wallace Thu 09-Jun-11 20:46:38

Yes that's right - my hotel was paid for the extra week we were there.

Best £14.38 I ever spent was that travel insurance smile

stleger Thu 09-Jun-11 20:54:46

In Ireland you can get (online) an emergency certificate if your card has expired. (I got one for dd1 - our family's cards all expired in different months).

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