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    NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home' - BBC News

    A woman from Western Europe on holiday in the UK came in - she was eight months pregnant and had started bleeding. Obstetricians performed an emergency Caesarean but the baby died.

    When she and her partner were recovering on a ward, they were interviewed by an overseas visitors manager, in charge of billing.

    Because they did not have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) they were told they had to pay £10,000 - which they could not do.

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    Why go on holiday at 8 months? Why not get an EHIC card?

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    Well if you read the article where by it is people who either have not got the correct paperwork or who maybe entered the country illegally - then you have to say that the line must be drawn somewhere.

    However it needs to be drawn consistently as too often you do see this

    He said rules were not applied consistently - and "easy targets" were made of those less likely to "kick up a fuss".

    Generally arsey loud aggressive ******* get treated better than meek timid people who do not argue - and that is wrong.

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    sounds like a horrible story, agree with the above there has to be a consistent line drawn, if you use the service you pay simple as

    i'd like to see a breakdown of that £10k though

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    Quote Originally Posted by filthy1980 View Post
    sounds like a horrible story, agree with the above there has to be a consistent line drawn, if you use the service you pay simple as

    i'd like to see a breakdown of that £10k though
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home' - BBC News

    A woman from Western Europe on holiday in the UK came in - she was eight months pregnant and had started bleeding. Obstetricians performed an emergency Caesarean but the baby died.

    When she and her partner were recovering on a ward, they were interviewed by an overseas visitors manager, in charge of billing.

    Because they did not have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) they were told they had to pay £10,000 - which they could not do.

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    Why go on holiday at 8 months? Why not get an EHIC card?
    I don't think the law requires you to have an EHIC card. If you're from another EU country and can prove it, that should be enough to avoid fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontEnder View Post
    I don't think the law requires you to have an EHIC card. If you're from another EU country and can prove it, that should be enough to avoid fees.
    Health cover for temporary stays in another EU country - Your Europe

    If you don't have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or you can't use it (for instance, for private health care), you can't be refused treatment, but you might have to pay for your treatment upfront and claim reimbursement once you get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontEnder View Post
    I don't think the law requires you to have an EHIC card. If you're from another EU country and can prove it, that should be enough to avoid fees.
    Well if you are from the UK travelling in Europe and you have no EHIC you are screwed if you do not have separate medical insurance.

    So no reason why someone from Europe travelling to the UK should be treated any differently.

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    When I had a skiing accident in France a few years ago the very first thing the doctor asked was 'I need your credit card details'. And he had no qualms about that at all.

    (I did have insurance but I had to cough up the dosh first and then claim it back once I'd got home.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    If you don't have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or you can't use it (for instance, for private health care), you can't be refused treatment, but you might have to pay for your treatment upfront and claim reimbursement once you get home.
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    Well if you are from the UK travelling in Europe and you have no EHIC you are screwed if you do not have separate medical insurance.

    So no reason why someone from Europe travelling to the UK should be treated any differently.
    And they aren’t being treated differently. You would be “screwed” just the same if you don’t have a means of payment, until you can claim it back - see BP’s post.

    Shame it will be going for those of us who venture outside of Little England.
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