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European Health Insurance Card to be Replaced by Similar Scheme

We’ve received welcome news that the EHIC will not be scrapped as previously thought, but phased out and replaced with the GHIC.

Published: 07 January 2021 | 11:38 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:32 PM
Three of the familiar, blue plastic European Health Insurance Cards stacked against a pale blue background
Both cards entitle you to the same treatment as locals should you need to attend state-run hospitals or GP surgeries in the EU. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The move to phase out the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and replace it with a new, free, Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is good news for those concerned about costly health insurance when working in Europe.

Neither the EHIC card or the GHIC card are a replacement for travel insurance – but both mean that you are entitled to the same treatment as locals should you need to attend state-run hospitals or GP surgeries when visiting EU countries.

For those wishing to know more about how the GHIC card will function, we recommend reading Money Saving Expert’s detailed guide.

Members may want to review our flowchart guide for musicians working in Europe, which you can use to check you have the documentation need for any future gigging in Europe, and follow our links to useful resources.

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