When on holiday abroad, it’s important to know your medical rights are if injured on holiday abroad. You should know what kind of treatment you are entitled to as well as how much you are expected to pay.
Travelling within the EU
In the European Union, you are entitled to healthcare at reduced cost or free, with the EHIC card. You should still always take out private travel insurance as an EHIC won’t cover the entire cost of your treatment and will not cover the costs of travelling home after you have recovered from your injuries or illness.
Outside the EEA
The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with many non-EEA countries and territories. This allows you to get medical care at a reduced rate or free. Again, although the costs of your treatment and hospital stay may be reduced or even free of charge, this will not cover the extra costs it incurs for you to stay in a foreign country and you will need valid travel insurance in order to return home without incurring extra costs. In these countries, you will be treated if you were a resident of the country in question. Even if you are not a UK national, you may still be covered for some reduced cost or free treatment if you are normally a resident in the UK. These countries include Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, New Zealand and Moldova among many others.
Claiming compensation for an accident on holiday
If you’ve been injured abroad within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for travel accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation even if your accident occurred outside the UK. Contact one of our friendly, professional advisors today for more information. Our freephone lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone. Alternatively you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test. Please note that as the amount of compensation you receive depends on a number of factors, any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice