Applying For The European
Health Insurance Card (EHIC) In Liechtenstein

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Landlocked by the scenic and culturally historic countries of Austria and Switzerland, the majority German-speaking country of Liechtenstein is natural beauty on its own. With the Vaduz Castle that is the official mountaintop residence of the Prince of the Principality of Liechtenstein providing a sweeping view of the massive rolling plains blanketed in the horizon by evergreens, Liechtenstein offers a really breathtaking scene of the fertile valley of the Upper Rhine. And the best way to really take in the spectacular scenery is by walking the hundreds of trails that will take you across woodlands and through forests and over streams and rivers. Trekking the natural wonders of Liechtenstein simply means you will be exposed to some of the dangers inherent in the untamed wilderness. But, healthcare is Liechtenstein is not really a concern because it is one of the best in the world.

Unfortunately, because the gross domestic product of the country is the world’s third best, you can expect the cost of living to be unusually high especially for a small country of only 160 square kilometers. It has one of the world’s lowest unemployment rates and ranks behind Qatar and Luxembourg for individual wealth as defined by the nation’s purchasing power parity. In other words, Liechtenstein nationals are one of the wealthiest in the world.

That being said, you can expect the cost of healthcare to be unusually more expensive than other European countries. If you are wealthy, then there simply is no problem. But if you are any other ordinary tourist who simply would like to take in as much of the culture and breathtaking scenery of Liechtenstein at the most affordable cost, then you will definitely need the European Health Insurance Card which effectively replaced the E111.

The EHIC invokes the right of the citizens of the European Economic Area, which Liechtenstein is a member, to receive the same level of healthcare that these individual countries provide their respective citizens. This simply means that if you’re a UK national and you are going to visit Liechtenstein, you are also entitled to receive the same kind and level of quality healthcare that native Liechtensteiners are entitled to from their government. So if they receive free medical treatment for a particular condition, you get the same benefit.

However, it should be made clear that the EHIC, like the E111 before it, is primarily designed for the traveling European who is visiting or having a holiday in an of the EEA member countries. This simply means that your purpose for visiting should not be to seek medical treatment but rather to enjoy the many tourist destinations and activities that the country has to offer.

While on a holiday in Liechtenstein and you inadvertently got ill or sustained an injury, it must be established that your illness or your injury will require necessary medical treatment so you can continue enjoying your temporary stay. This is the basis for the EHIC. Government-sponsored health care and medical treatments are provided to EHIC holders so they can keep on enjoying their vacation.

In seeking medical assistance in Liechtenstein using your EHIC, it is crucial to seek a medical doctor who is covered by the country’s state health insurance system. If not, you may have to pay for the doctor’s fees as well as any treatments that you may receive. And owing to the high economic standing of Liechtensteiners, you can easily rake up to several thousands of Euros or even Pound Sterling for your treatment alone. That is why, you have to look for a government doctor. You may still be paying for some of the treatments including medications that will be prescribed but these are a fraction of the cost of those coming from private practitioners.

As long as your purpose for visiting Liechtenstein is not to seek treatment or even to give birth, the EHIC can cover your routine medical treatments for pre-existing health conditions and your maternal care needs, respectively. If you deliver prematurely, EHIC can also cover your health care. However, a separate form may be needed to confirm this, usually an S2 form.

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If you are planning to visit Liechtenstein any time soon, you may want to get in touch with MyEHIC to process your EHIC application. They provide ultra-fast and highly reliable EHIC application and renewal services as well as fully updated information for tourists traveling to Liechtenstein and the other countries that accept EHIC. MyEHIC is your trusted partner in helping you obtain the full benefits of EHIC.