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Europeans get New Medical Card

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Millions of people across the European Union will be able to apply for a new medical card from Tuesday.

The European Health Insurance Card will replace the E111 form, which entitles temporary visitors to other states free emergency care if needed.

The card will eventually replace all other health forms, such as those needed by students and job seekers.

Officials hope it will cut bureaucracy and make it easier for Europeans to get medical care in other member states.

Health forms

At the moment, people have to fill out a wide variety of different forms depending on whether they are on holidays, studying or working.

These forms entitle holders to emergency care and medical treatment on the same terms as nationals of the country they are visiting.

The government is committed to introducing the new EU health card by the end of next year

The smartcard aims to cut bureaucracy by simplifying the process.

It will, for example, allow patients who have to pay for their health care abroad to be reimbursed more quickly by their own social security system.

Over time the card could become a kind of medical passport entitling holders to medical care anywhere in the EU.


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