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EU health card: British nurses admitting foreign patients into hospitals and clinics will have to watch out for a new European Union (EU) health insurance card that will be introduced from June, which will grant EU citizens an automatic right to care on the National Health Service.

BRITISH nurses admitting foreign patients into hospitals and clinics will have to watch out for a new European Union (EU) health insurance card that will be introduced from June, which will grant EU citizens an automatic right to care on the National Health Service. At present, visiting tourists, students, lorry drivers and job seekers from other EU Member States have been armed with various forms (E111, E128, E110 and E119, for instance), and have had to contact social security offices in advance before asking for non-emergency healthcare. But following a decision by the EU Council of Ministers, this old system will be phased out, with all these categories of patients being issued with a card within 18 months, "allowing them direct access", said a European Parliament note. These cards will be issued by the national social security ministries of the 15 current members and the 10 countries - mostly from eastern Europe joining the EU this May. The regulation authorising the cards will also harmonise the healthcare available to visiting EU citizens in every member country, sweeping away past inconsistencies. Parliamentary amendments approved by the council include a commitment to publicise these new rights, which will also apply in Switzerland and to Swiss citizens. The European Commission wants computer-readable electronic EU cards introduced by 2008.
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News Services.com
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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