A card to obtain health care in the 28 EU member states
Since 2004, EHCI has given access to healthcare to European citizens travelling in the European Union. Look at the back of your national health insurance card and find your EHCI.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows EU citizens to health care in hospitals or approved clinics not only in the 28 EU member states but also in Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
When you need medical assistance, you just have to show your EHIC and there is no need to produce further documents. Depending on the country you are staying in, you may be asked to pay for the medical service provided at the same cost as people insured in that country (non-reimbursable).
EHIC is personal and it is provided to all EU citizens who are registered with a national health service. In Italy, it entered into force on 1 November 2004 and replaces the E-111 form. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs of travelling for medical reasons.
Its benefits have been widely recognised to such an extent that an app for smartphone is available in all EU languages. Click here to download