I've just been on line to renew our EHIC cards, and was directed to a website claiming they issue the card. The final page of the web asked for a payment of £14.99!!! I obv did not pay this as the cards are free.
I went to the NHS web page and applied for the card online for FREE through them, but there is a comments page at the bottom and it seems several people have paid something between £9.99 and £14.99 like I nearly did.
So apply for your card through the NHS web site and it will be free - here is the page I used.
As angels3 has rightly stated th EHIC cards are free and no-one should have to pay a third party organisation any sort of processing fee.
If you have a EHIC card please do not just rely on these alone when you travel abroad; have a travel insurance policy as well. EHIC cards can be limited in terms of healthcare and certainly do not cover repatriation costs back to the UK.
The E111 card was abolished in 2006 and the EHIC replaced it.
I agree, these are not enough alone, and you do need travel ins, but we have been in France and needed to use them, quite sucessfully! It just makes me angry that some schister is making money out of us, when all we are trying to do is protect our families the best we can.
Its not as if there aren't enough bills in the world we have to pay.