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Old 24.08.2011, 11:50
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Ah! I wonder if anyone can help me with my query on how to get a Swiss equivalent of an EHIC card? I have a B permit for residency in Switzerland and Swiss medical insurance. I was just down in Spain, where I needed to visit a health centre with an ear infection and they asked for my EHIC which I didn't have because I am not currently a resident of the UK, so I cannot apply for one there. So I paid a fee as I have to pay the first 500chfs on my insurance card. The doctor told me that I can now get a Swiss equivalent of an EHIC and free care whilst on holiday in the EU. Is this so? I have searched the web, but cannot find any information.
You simply ask your Swiss health insurance for a EHIC card.

If you have the Spanish invoice, you might get the money back, maybe your health insurance, if an accident then maybe employer's accident insurance.
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My Swiss Medical Insurance sends me a little card (credit card size) and it says on the back, among other things, 'Europäische Krankenversicherungskarte' which I assume should be the sort of thing you need.
Many thanks Longbyt. I am a twart! I have the equivalent in French on the back of my progres insurance card. CARTE EUROPEENE D'ASSURANCE MALADIE. If I'd have shown them this, Then I guess I'd have got my ear done for free? Maybe the infection has spread to my brain?
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Re: Health insurance....gonna charge me :-(

If you are from Spain (or other EU countries). You can stay in CH with the European Health insurance card that you get from the "Seguridad Social" in Spain for free. You can be using this up to 3 years (I know people that used it longer) if you are:

a) Unemployed
b) Researcher
c) and some other exceptions that I do not remember

At the end of every year you send your medical bills to an address here in CH and they will refund everything from the first 90CHF.

I will said you can use this card until you get a permanent/stable job.
And no, you do not have to pay any money for the past. Because you were not require to have a swiss HI. The people that needs to pay for the past are the ones that ilegali did not have one insurance here. Anyway, I do not know how this will be as when I join a HI here in Switzerland they never ask me for any past information.
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If you are from Spain (or other EU countries). You can stay in CH with the European Health insurance card that you get from the "Seguridad Social" in Spain for free. You can be using this up to 3 years (I know people that used it longer) if you are:

a) Unemployed
b) Researcher
c) and some other exceptions that I do not remember

At the end of every year you send your medical bills to an address here in CH and they will refund everything from the first 90CHF.

I will said you can use this card until you get a permanent/stable job.
And no, you do not have to pay any money for the past. Because you were not require to have a swiss HI. The people that needs to pay for the past are the ones that ilegali did not have one insurance here. Anyway, I do not know how this will be as when I join a HI here in Switzerland they never ask me for any past information.
Thanks, but as you can see from my last post, it's all sorted, ain't it!
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Thanks, but as you can see from my last post, it's all sorted, ain't it!
Psst... I think they may have been replying to the OP.
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Psst... I think they may have been replying to the OP.
Oooops sorry! Told you that the infection had gone to my brain. I'm outta here!
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Anyway, I got an official answer from my insurer (ÖKK).

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Your ÖKK membership card serves you as an official document within EC in cases when you need medical support. For such a purpose, it is only valid in the official states of the European Community. An emergency telephone number is printed on the card as well.
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