Originally Posted by mintyspilot
I'm not sure about Ireland, but in the UK you can "purchase" an E111 card which covers most medical
stuff whilst travelling in the EU
Introduction to EHIC
Maybe Ireland has something similar?
Yes but thats a EU thing, its really not a medical insurance
thing. I have both a EHIC ( the E111 thing is gone) and foreign assit medical insurance coverage. The EHIC is really a repicrocal aggreement to recognise each others public health service
. ( You dont purchase
it, its free) for example in ireland a foreign EHIC, will not get you access to private hospitals, wheras medical insurance will ( in some cases). Anyway since you guys in the UK never need medical insurance at home, how do you cope with the need for extended cover abroad?
The EHIC, is not really useful for the long term cruiser as it effectively ends if you looses residency in your own country, ie you leave it for more then 6 months. Its really designed for tourists. ( sorry for the thread drift guys).
The reason I comment re teh US medical posiiton ( I do have a reasonable experience as I lived there). Most medical insurance policies over cover emergency
facilities abroad, You dont get the full features of the plan like you do at home and this is a fairly universal situation.
But for US citizens/residents cruising outside with potential medical exposure you need to purchase the International Medical Plans available from multiple sources. These cover your medical needs in other countries and also satisfy the "Visa" medical insurance requirements such as the French have
That not neccessarily the case, foreign medical insurance plans, actualy rarely meet the new french medical insurance requirements, unless they specifically state so. There has been a lot of problems under the new "non-activ" residency laws where people with insurance found they werent covered.