A recent thread has prompted me to ask for experiences of BRITISH tourists being taken ill in Paris.
We often get reports for non EU and US citizens who of course are used to a private healthcare system but rarely do British people report what happens.
I have twice had experience of being taken ill in Europe. My husband was admitted to hospital in Latvia. No charge was made. We showed our European healthcare card, they filled in a for, we signed and he got excellent care.
We once saw an emergency doctor as a hospital outpatient, in the south of France, when I injured my foot and we were not charged, He told us it was not broken. Again they took the card, filled in a form, gave us a letter for our UK GP and sent us on our way
My friend was taken ill in Spain but had left her Healthcare card in the hotel room. They said she had to have it on her person, so her insurance company got a hefty bill as ALL of her treatment was charged.
Of course we always travel with comprehensive health and travel insurance as well as our healthcare card.
Here is an interesting link to information for others.
Love from England