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    Hi, maybe someone can give me some clarification regarding our Carte Vitale, we are off to Spain in August, and have been told that our carte Vitale is only for use in France and would not be accepted in Spain, should we need any medical attention, we have been told that we should take out travel insurance,

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    You can request a carte vitale européen Whatnow see here

     

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    Whatnow, haven’t you got a valid EHIC card? What have you done in the past? If I remember rightly you’ve been to Spain in the Winter a few times in recent years.

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    Whatnow, if you need to get an EHIC card you’ll need to apply to the UK for one if you are retired and on an S1.

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    As f/c said, apply for the European card.

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    If you have a current Carte Vitale, you can apply to Ameli for the French equivalent of the EHIC card.
    Its called a CEAM.
    It looks exactly the same as an EHIC card and gives you the same cover in other EU states, Norway and Switzerland.

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    Tigre, you’re wrong. If you have a current Carte Vitale, you apply to Ameli for a French one.

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    We just applied online. Log in to your Amelie account and you can apply there, just a matter of ticking a few boxes from what I recall. The card arrives in about 10 days.

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    If you are getting your health cover from the UK by way of an S1, (normally meaning one is retired) then you must apply through the UK for an EHIC, others not retired or not in receipt of an S1 will apply through their Ameli account or direct to CPAM in their area.
    The EHIC card from the UK has a longer expiry date than the CEAM (French)

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    Who you apply to depends on whether or not you are in receipt of the UK state pension and have an S1 If you are in this case you apply to the DWP at Newcastle for an EHIC as it is the UK who are paying for your health care in France If your French SS number has the number 70 in it then you are covered by the DWP

    If you do not have an S1 and are therefore not in receipt of the UK state pension eg you are early retired with an occupational pension then you should apply to CPAM via the Ameli website or the machines in your local CPAM office for a CEAM (Carte Européene d’assurance maladie)

    If you are working in France then you should apply for a CEAM to whichever caisse is covering you eg RAM

    You should be aware that some hospitals and doctors in Spain operate on a private basis and may not accept any form of European health card so taking out travel insurance is a must if going to Spain IMO

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    Roger Wood and Crabtree-two great minds thinking alike :good:

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    I didn’t think things had changed if you were a UK retiree and have an S1, this has been the case for a few years now.

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    Since 2010 I believe, tigre

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    Roger Wood and Crabtree-two great minds thinking alike :good:

    A bit like Laurel & Hardy maybe ?   :whistle:

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    I know we had to renew ours when living in France and had to apply to Newcastle instead of CPAM, gosh, wouldn’t have guessed it was that long ago, the years seem to fly by!

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    If your French SS number has the number 70 in it then you are covered by the DWP

    What? 70 where? There is no 2 figure code after the 99 that most of us probably have in our SS numbers, with most of the rest of you probably having 99 132. I think someone’s been giving you duff information, crabtree.

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    Well here’s a strange occurence :
    We are going away early September, so we took a look at our EHIC cards and found they run out end of August. I go online and unless I have missed something, the only address the site was accepting were from those in England, Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland. We tried a few times, zilch, it would not accept us.

    So on we went to our Ameli accounts to see if we could demand a CEAM but for reason unknown to us it stated it was “Service momentanément indisponible. Veuillez réessayer plus tard …” tried a frew times ober a few hours, same message.

    So basically as it stands, we will be fine if we stay in France of course but going to Spain, will require private health insurance? We’ll ring the NHS in the morning to see what they have to say. Remember 31st October is brexit day. I’ll report back.

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    The NHS site states that you cannot apply online for a renewal if living overseas and you are entitled to a UK EHIC card, you need to telephone them. Whether this is because the system doesn’t except foreign addresses/ postcodes, or it’s something to do with Brexit I’m not sure.

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    This may be of help-

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    The SS number is not just a random collection of numbers it is based on sex date/place of birth etc rather like the DVLA driver number The suffix at the end indicates the “statut” of your health care how it is being paid for and by whom 70 used to indicate the UK  I have a 99 at the end presumably because I have a UK occupational pension but of course the signification of the numbers may have changed over time

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    Signification should read “signifigance” of course

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    I knew that I should not have got up early -SIGNIFICANCE

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    I’m glad I’m not the only one with a dyslexic keyboard! (I think the machines just fight back sometimes!) Thank goodness for Grammarly!!

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    OK, I have just come off the telephone to the EHIC people Tel: 0300 330 1350 and you will need to be put through to the dept that deals with you living in France (within the EU otherwise). You could use the other number mentioned. So that is new (to us anyway) we applied online before giving our old NHS number and our address in France.

    No problem whatsoever, new cards will be with us within 15 days but of course as ever you must be a holder of an S1 to qualify, which the person on the other end had to find out.

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    Just a thought – I’m going to the UK in September so should I have an EHIC card for that visit?  I live in France and my health care is covered by an S1.  I’ve never bothered with getting one for previous UK visits.

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    You might be asked at a Doctors, or at  a hospital. We haven’t been asked as yet and one or either of us have over  a number of years had to make a hospital visit, or a Doctors visit but friends of ours have been asked when neither could offer a UK address.

     

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    I needed to visit A&E in the UK a few years ago when visiting friends, I wasn’t asked to show my EHIC card, I gave them my name and my last UK address and I was still in the system, I told them I lived in France and they weren’t interested.

    They do say even if you have an EHIC card you should also take out travel insurance as the the card doesn’t cover everything, for example if you needed medical assistance to get back home to France.

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    Sorry Virago, meant to say I’d get one if I were you, they are free and usually it’s no hassle getting one.

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    tigre wrote

    I needed to visit A&E in the UK a few years ago when visiting friends, I wasn’t asked to show my EHIC card, I gave them my name and my last UK address and I was still in the system, I told them I lived in France and they weren’t interested.

    Exactly the same thing happened to me 2 yrs ago tigre, in fact, they told me my last UK address, I was hospitalised for a couple of days. I told them I lived in France and had done for 20 yrs (at that time) all they said was “Oh what part of France?” No mention of the EHIC card (which I did have).

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