If you plan to visit the country of Romania, it is a good idea to travel risk-free by applying for a European Health Insurance Card. The European Health Insurance Card could potentially save you a lot of money if you are unfortunate enough to fall ill or suffer from an accident during your stay in Romania.
The European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card, which is the official replacement for the notorious E111, enables you to access Romanian state provided healthcare at a reduced cost or even for free. It is important to remember that the EHIC in Romania is not a direct alternative for travel insurance although it is beneficial to use it in conjunction with travel insurance to cover any necessary healthcare you may require in Romania.
The EHIC Card can be used throughout the European Union and in certain non-European Union countries such as Switzerland. It is a recommended precaution to take to cover yourself during your time in Romania. The card will enable you to take full advantage of Romania’s health care system if you have an accident or require urgent medical treatment. It can also prevent you from amassing unnecessary medical expenses which you would otherwise have to pay if you did not hold a valid EHIC Card.
You can access on the spot medical treatment, with your European Health Insurance Card, meaning that your holiday does not have to be cut short. If you are required to pay, at a Romanian public hospital, for treatment, you will be issued with a reimbursement when you arrive back at home in the United Kingdom. Not unlike the United Kingdom, Romania has a public healthcare system. All visitors who hold a valid EHIC Card can access this healthcare system.
The Country of Romania
Romania joined the European Union in 2007. This opened up the opportunity for Romania to join the EHIC scheme which has benefited not just tourists, but the country’s tourism industry itself. Like many other countries in the EHIC scheme, private healthcare in Romania is not covered by the European Health Card so always check the details of your health provider beforehand. The card also doesn’t provide cover if you are travelling to Romania specifically for healthcare nor does it cover travel expenses back to the United Kingdom. This is why it is advisable to also take out travel insurance before your trip to Romania. It is common for doctors and medical administrators to ask you to show them your card before treatment.
While travelling in the country, always remember to carry your European Health Insurance Card with you at all times as it can prove to be invaluable if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Romanian language, particularly for Romanian medical terms, in case you need to talk to a Romanian medical provider with regards to your treatment. The Romanian word for hospital is spital and their paramedic services are known as SMURD (Serviciul Mobil de Urgentalt; Reanimare si Descarcerare).