Since leaving the EU at the end of 2020, the UK has seen a vast number of changes to their systems as well as the response to the Covid -19 pandemic, all of which have had a huge impact on the health care systems and regulations at this time. In this article, we will be providing you with insight into everything that you need to know about the new GHIC system and other changes to health care.
England Leaves The EU
In December of 2020, the UK left the EU four years after the referendum result in 2016 and with this has come a new set of rules for the UK on deliveries, businesses and even travelling in Europe. With many rules being passed and several changes to existing elements as well as several new rules and regulations, there are many elements to consider when leaving the EU.
What Was The EHIC System?
The EHIC system was a system that allowed those travelling to Europe access to free medical care or health care at a reduced cost outside of the UK. Whether this is medication or the need for urgent medical care in an emergency, the EHIC card system can be used to make sure you are travelling as safely as possible. When you apply, you will receive a card that can be carried around with you in your purse and is on hand whenever you need it and can also be applied for, for your children.
What Is Difference In The GHIC System?
With the Brexit deal in place, there were several changes for people that were looking to travel to Europe this year with passports and other regulations at the hand of Covid-29 the introduction of the new GHIC scheme came as no surprise to many. The GHIC system otherwise known as the Global Health Insurance Card system is similar to that if the EHIC card and provides the same level of protection for those travelling to Europe from the UK. This can still be applied for in the same way and will take 2 weeks for your GHIC card to arrive and should therefore be applied for in advance.
Can Your EHIC Card Still be Used When Travelling
The answer is yes if you have an existing EHIC card that is still in the state thas can be used when travelling even under the GHIC scheme. It isn’t until your EHIC card is no longer in date that you have to apply for your new GHIC card online in the same way that you did before. This is an easy application process and can lead to your card being delivered to you in a matter of 2 weeks, allowing you and your family to travel as safely as possible when travelling to Europe.
With this in mind, there are several elements that you must consider when looking to travel to any part of Europe. Which of these elements will you be considering in 2021?