Belgium prepares for new EU healthcard

27th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 May 2004, BRUSSELS - Belgium is getting ready for the introduction of a new EU wide health card that will allow its citizens to get emergency medical attention anywhere in the European Union, it was reported on Wednesday.

26 May 2004

BRUSSELS - Belgium is getting ready for the introduction of a new EU wide health card that will allow its citizens to get emergency medical attention anywhere in the European Union, it was reported on Wednesday.

The new card should be introduced simulataneously in all 25 EU member states on 1 June.

It will replace the existing system of 'E111' health forms that travellers from one EU country must carry in order to get medical attention in another Union state.

The new credit-card sized card does not actually change the Union's complicated rules on reciprocal medical care - which allow the EU's 25 different national health systems to claim the cost of treatment back from each other when Union citizens fall ill in another EU country.

But it will hopefully cut out a lot of red tape and paperwork and should ensure people are reimbursed quickly and efficiently if they have to visit a doctor or go to hospital while abroad.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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