The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a customised card which allows you to receive medical care during a temporary stay in a country in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The main purpose of this card is to cover urgent health problems that may occur during your brief visit to these countries and allow you to get access to healthcare, if needed, under the same conditions as you would get in your home country.
The medical bills are picked up by the tax authority where you are registered as a resident, however there is no guarantee that the medical assistance you receive will be free of charge as the health systems of the countries and costs are different.
The European Health Insurance Card is personal and non-transferable, you can not use someone else's card and vice versa.
To be eligible for a card, you must be insured by or covered by a state social security system in your country you can request it from your local authorities.
Please note that this card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property or if you go to another country to receive health care intentionally.
To learn more about the EHIC card, you can visit the following website.