If you’re travelling to a destination in Europe then you should make sure you take a Europe Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. Unfortunately too many people don’t know about them and how useful they can be.

The EHIC was introduced in 2005, when it replaced the E11. This card allows EU citizens to receive medical treatment at a discounted rate (or free) in other EU countries and so it’s an essential thing to pack for a European holiday.

What is an EHIC?

The EHIC is a medical card that you can use in the EU and certain outlying countries including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles you to receive medical treatment at a state hospital at the same rate that residents of the country you’re in. So if you visit a country with free healthcare then the EHIC means you get free healthcare.

It’s also completely free to get an EHIC, but you do need to renew it once every five years. You can request and renew your EHIC through the EHIC website.

How to Use an EHIC

It’s quite simple to use your EHIC. The only thing you need to do is present the card before receiving treatment. Do this and you should have no problems. Remember that you need to keep the card on you at all times. It can be difficult to receive treatment if you need to be rushed to hospital and don’t have it on you.

If you lose your EHIC or don’t have it then you could possibly receive a temporary EHIC replacement or get a Provisional Replacement Certificate. Even so it’s still much easier for you to just present your EHIC when you enter a medical facility. Also keep in mind that you can only use your EHIC in a state-run facility. If you go to a private medical centre then you’ll be expected to pay for everything yourself.

Should you need a Provisional Replacement Certificate you can find out more through the NHS Guide. It’s quite simple to use the European E111 card

Do You Need Travel Insurance if you Have an EHIC?

Plenty of travellers are under the impression that having an EHIC means that there’s no need for them to have travel insurance, but to think this is a major mistake. Even though the “I” in EHIC stands for insurance that doesn’t make it a replacement for travel cover. The EHIC is simply designed to help you pay for healthcare.

Travel insurance also covers more than just medical expenses. It also covers you in the event that you need to cancel the holiday, return early, lose your luggage, and plenty of other important things. Some insurance also waive the medical claim excess if you’ve got an EHIC with you.

Could Your EHIC be Refused?

There have been some reports of countries where medical staff, even state-registered ones, refuse to accept the EHIC. The two most common excuses they use is that they don’t recognise the card and that they don’t have the technology they need to accept it. Even though this is a breach of European rules it’s also particularly common in certain regions of Spain including Catalonia.

Many Spanish medical facilities, locally known as “Centros Sanitarios” are private. Even so there are also state providers who will reject the EHIC if they know that you’re covered by travel insurance.

The UK government is aware that this is happening and has dispatched officials to Valencia to handle the issue. The issue has also been raised with the European Commission as a whole.

If you have your EHIC refused by a state-run clinic then you should try to find some proof that you presented it when you said you did; this could be the key that gets your insurance provider to waive your excess. If you feel that you were still charged unfairly then contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as they may be able to reimburse you.

What If You Have to Pay up Front?

Even if you go to a country with free healthcare you may need to still pay your fees upfront and have the money returned to you via a claim when you return home. France is one country where you will be expected to pay for some services, or have a bill sent back home. Generally the provider will advise you about making a claim for reimbursement.

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Chiropodists are people treating band diagnosing the problems that can occur on the lower limbs, and are really important for older people, who need their help in order to remain mobile. These experts can also treat most lower limb conditions, like the arthritis, sports injuries, nail infections, diabetes, etc. This is one of the reasons why chiropodists are extremely important, but is definitely not the only one.

Before we get into that, we first ought to explain what chiropodists really do and why they are. This title is used mostly in the United Kingdom, while the people that do this kind of work in other Commonwealth countries are usually called the podiatrists. These people have undergone extensive training in order to help the people with the lower limb problems, and have specialized in this category. Some people believe that they can just fix all the thing these specialists fix themselves, and that they don’t need an expert for these kinds of issues. However, every now and then, people come across an overgrown toenail that they can’t seem to get rid of themselves, and the pain becomes so excruciating that the only course of action would be a surgery. That is why it is always good to visit a chiropodist who is going to remove that toenail before it gets infected; this will avoid the pain and disease, and will make the person feel a lot better.

Some people suffer from discoloured toenails, and need to undergo extensive treatment in order to make them all right. Also, people that have cracked heels and are experiencing pain because of those need a help of an expert in order to lead a normal life. Well, the expert that is going to help out with these kinds of problems is the chiropodist, and visiting them would save the people from suffering from various infections, problems and pains.

The chiropodists also use some accessories that allow them to treat people better, and some of those include the insoles or pads used to reduce the pain in the patient’s heal or arch. This will allow the patient to start walking normally again, and do it for a long time without any pain. This is something that some healthy people don’t really appreciate, but the people suffering from these issue know how much help the chiropodist can offer. Even an advice received from these professionals can help out, and it could help you improve your foot health.

The people suffering from diabetes know how important foot care can be, as can the people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or the peripheral arterial disease. These people can pay for their health foot treatment through their health insurance, because a minor infection, or even an overgrown toenail can cause huge problems for these people. And chiropodists are there to help out.

Feet are an important part of our body, and we need to do everything we can to keep them healthy. That is why a chiropodists are such an appreciated profession, and why the help they offer means a lot.

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If you suffer of gout, then you should know that a lack of exercise in your life can only make things worse. Gout can be extremely painful and even put your life in risk in extreme circumstances. Today we are going to teach you why exercise is important and why you should start exercising from today.

It Goes Beyond Running:

You have to think beyond running, and this especially applies for people like you. Because running can damage your joints, and this can result to be detrimental for your gout. If you want to lower your uric acid levels, then you need to have your joints in perfect state. Because an addition in stress will result in a high spike in uric acid – and that’s the last thing you want. Because gout attacks can be especially painful and leave you on bed for days.

That’s why I advise you to walk. I know it sounds way too simple, but walking is actually very helpful for you. How so? It doesn’t damage your joints, give you a nice exercise and allows you to burn more fat. When you run at the 60% of your capacity, you simply burn glucose. But when you do a low-impact exercise like walking for an extended period of time, your body can burn fat easily without affecting your muscles.

If you want to lose weight even faster, and therefore help to lower the stress your joints receive, then you need to just walk. And the best time to do it is in the morning, before eating breakfast. This way you will make the fat-burning process a lot better. You should walk for around 45-60 minutes in the morning, and try to do a shorter walk, of about 30 minutes, in the afternoon after lunch.

You can see that something as simple as walking can do a lot for you. But that’s not the unique thing, let’s check how you can add movement to your life without putting too much stress on yourself.


You need to learn how to do the basics exercises, but in their simplest form. For example, instead of doing the classic push-ups, you can do them on the wall. I mean, you just need to recline your body a little bit and try to mimic the typical motion of the classic push-ups.

You can do the same with sit-ups. You just need to support yourself with a chair and limit the range of motion. If you feel a lot of pain, then you may want to limit your leg work to walking, swimming and calf raises.

And the same with pull-ups. Instead of doing them, you only have to hand yourself there for 10-15 seconds. Do this 4-5 times and you are done. You need to reduce these classic exercises for their simplest form. Just do this and you will obtain great advances in your fight against gout, and the best time to start is today.

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