Friday, June 07, 2013

Website trying to dupe holiday makers into paying for FREE European Health Insurance Card


Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) warned consumers to be aware of at least one website which is trying to dupe holiday makers into paying for the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which allows Irish people to access free health care when travelling in Europe.

“The EHIC card, formerly known as the E111, is a fantastic system which allows Irish holiday makers to access health care services in other EU countries. It offers an important safety net to the tens of thousands of Irish people who holiday in Europe every year.

“The card is completely free of charge, and can be applied for through the HSE website. However, I have become aware of at least one website which is wrongly using the ‘HSE’ tag in its address, and is trying to dupe holiday makers into paying for the EHIC card.

“The top result when one types ‘European Health Insurance’ into Google is a website (http://www.hse-ehic.net/book.html) which has absolutely no connection with the HSE and is trying to charge people up to €20 for what is a free service.

“I have no doubt that many people could be easily conned into stumping up for the EHIC card, when they shouldn’t have to pay anything at all. I have informed the HSE about the existence of this website and I have asked the Executive to address the misuse of its name in the website’s URL.

“Anyone intending to travel in Europe this summer can apply for a EHIC card on the HSE’s website or by going to www.ehic.ie. You can fill out forms online and your card will be posted out to you before your departure.”

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