Travel insurance comparison website Compare Cover has called upon the UK Government to clarify exactly what healthcare provisions there will be for UK citizens travelling to Europe after Brexit.
The referendum in which the UK opted – by a slim margin – to leave the European Union took place nearly two years ago, but the negotiation process has been fraught and frequently confusing, and there remain a number of unanswered questions and grey areas when it comes to travel between the UK and the EU. Among these are whether the EHIC scheme will still be in place; presently, the card is issued free of charge and entitles the holder to free or reduced-cost medical treatment in participating countries. However, as the ongoing status of the card is up in the air, travellers planning on heading to the EU are advised to make sure they have travel insurance, just in case (although of course they should do this anyway).
“The second anniversary of the Brexit referendum brings as many questions about the provision of travel within the EU as it did when the decision was first made,” said Simon Williams, Compare Cover’s Head of Travel. “Although there is precedent for medical provisions to remain, as Switzerland is still a member of the scheme as a non-EU member, the removal of the EHIC is still a very real possibility at this stage – and reminds us that appropriate provisions such as travel insurance always need to be made.”