UK holidaymakers can still access free healthcare abroad after the end of the Brexit transition
- European health insurance cards will remain valid after the end of the transition period
- All cards issued before the end of this year will be valid until their expiry date
- Next year Britain will start issuing different cards covering treatment in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
Holidaymakers will still be able to access free healthcare after the end of the Brexit transition period.
Those who received a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before the end of 2020 can use it before its expiry date, the agreement says.
Next year Britain will issue the UK Global Health Insurance Card.
UK holidaymakers with a European Health Insurance Card will still be able to access free healthcare abroad after the end of the Brexit transition period (file image)
Similar to the EHIC, it will allow state-provided medical treatment if people fall ill or have an accident in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
It will cover chronic or existing illnesses, routine maternity care and emergencies.
Specialized treatment, such as dialysis, will require ‘prior agreement’ to ensure it is available.