The U.Okay. unveiled a medical insurance program on Monday which it stated will enable vacationers to proceed to get emergency therapy within the European Union now Britain has left the bloc.
The free International Well being Insurance coverage Card (GHIC) will regularly exchange the present European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC) and ought to be acquired two weeks earlier than journey, the Division for Well being and Social Care stated in an electronic mail. Present EHICs are legitimate so long as they’re in date, the division stated.
The association over well being protection is a part of the commerce accord struck between Britain and the EU on Christmas Eve, which got here into drive on Jan. 1. Residents of the EU can have their EHICs accepted by the U.Okay.’s Nationwide Well being Service.
The settlement “ensures the best for our residents to entry needed health-care on their holidays and travels to nations within the EU,” Well being Minister Edward Argar stated within the assertion. The GHIC “will present certainty and safety for all U.Okay. residents,” he stated.