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

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With Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lublin, Gdansk, Torun, Auschwitz, and Lublin leading the charge of famous tourist destinations, Poland is fast becoming a major contender for the top spot in the most visited country in the planet. Currently at number 17 as ranked by the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, Poland’s tourism industry is a significant contributor to its economy. You can thus, expect the Polish government to provide its millions of visitors high quality healthcare services that can only be best described as truly world-class. These treatments do not come cheap. However, if you have a European Health Insurance Card, you can obtain these treatments either for free or for a minimal fee. This helps you feel more confident about getting to enjoy many of Poland’s historic places such as the Old Town Market Square in Warsaw, the Royal Palace in Krakow, the Old Town Hall in Wroclaw, the famed beaches that line Gdansk Bay, the New Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, and the Lloyd Palace in Bydgoszcz as well as a host of other attractions. With the EHIC, you don’t have to worry about getting sick or injured while visiting these places.

Poland is a member of the European Economic area as well as the European Union. This gives it the authority to accept or deny foreign tourists or visitors who may require EHIC coverage of their ailments or injuries. If you seek healthcare from a facility that is legitimately covered by the Polish national insurance system – the Polish National Health Fund – then EHIC will be able to provide coverage. This is valid for any kind of health condition that occurs while on a visit to Poland or any European Union country or any member nation of the EFTA or European Free Trade Association. However, it is a must that the health condition be deemed urgent or that it requires necessary treatment in order for it to be covered by EHIC.

Pre-existing diseases or health conditions as well as chronic diseases are also covered by EHIC. If you have a long-standing asthma, a cardiovascular problem, kidney disease, or even diabetes, you can seek routine care from licensed and recognized Polish state health institutions as long as this is not the sole reason why you visited Poland. Additionally, if you are pregnant or your partner is and you require routine maternity care, including emergency childbirth, EHIC can also provide ample coverage. It is imperative that health care for these conditions be arranged and properly coordinated before you travel to Poland.

If you seek hospitalization, you need a referral from a Polish GP. Doctor surgeries in Poland typically conduct consultations and services from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening from Monday to Friday. Other Polish healthcare units such as medical institutions and clinics are open 24/7. When you get hospitalized in a PNHF-licensed facility, any medications, diagnostic tests, and operations are provided free as long as you have EHIC.

Polish dentists, too can provide necessary care. However, because Polish dentists often have public and private practices, you may have to make sure that you seek their services when they are functioning in a public capacity. Otherwise, if you see them in a private setting, EHIC might not be able to cover your treatments.

Regarding prescription medications, you can request for an official prescription from a Polish doctor registered by the PNHF. You will be charged 3,20 PLN which is equivalent to around 0.74 EUR or 0.67 GBP as lump sum payment for the prescription access. You will then be charged 30 percent to 50 percent of the cost of supplementary medicines. At the very least, you are not going to pay the full amount. However, double-check first with the pharmacy if your medication is listed in the reimbursable drugs list. If not, you may have to pay for these medications in full.

Poland is also becoming well known as a medical tourism destination. If this is your purpose, then you’ll need a comprehensive health policy as EHIC does not cover treatments obtained through its medical tourism programs. This extends to women who would like to give birth in Poland. So, if this your reason for visiting Poland, then EHIC will not be able to cover your expenses.

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There are a lot of places to explore in Poland. Unfortunately, this also increases the risk of untoward incidents. While Poland’s healthcare system is superb, you will need EHIC to guarantee your access to these treatments. Let MyEHIC assist you in securing your EHIC. It’s fast and hassle-free. Best of all, you’ll be more confident about getting the protection you need while traveling across Poland.