Healthcare: Smartphone App to Ensure Stress-free Travel this Summer

BRUSSELS, 5 June 2012 / PRNewswire / – Just in time for the summer holidays, the EURO 2012 Football Championship and the London 2012 Olympics, the European Commission has launched an application for smartphones explaining how to use the European Health Insurance Card.

The card gives people access to state-provided healthcare in case of illness or an accident during travels and temporary stays abroad. The card is free and guarantees necessary treatment under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

Differences among healthcare systems may make it difficult to figure out how to use the card in various countries and what the local rules are. This handy guide on how to use the card in the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland is now available as an application for smartphones on three platforms: iOS, Android and Windows 7 mobile.

It includes general information about the card, emergency phone numbers, covered treatments and costs, how to claim reimbursement and who to contact in case you have lost your card. The app is available in 24 languages, with the option to switch from one language to another.

The European Health Insurance Card cannot be generated or downloaded by the application as cards must be issued – free of charge – by national health insurance providers.

Contact European Commission:

Jonathan Todd (+ 32-2-299-41-07)
Nadège Defrère (+ 32-2-296-45-44)


Download “European Health Insurance Card” app for your smartphone


More Information:

DG Employment

European Health Insurance Card

EU Social Security Coordination

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