European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Necessary medical care in certain countries

When you take out HollandZorg health insurance, you automatically receive the HollandZorg health insurance card bearing your insurance details. Your HollandZorg health insurance card also serves as a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC entitles you to reimbursement of the costs for urgent medical care during a temporary stay in EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

Medically required care in EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

Are you on a temporary stay in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and need medical care? With your European Health Insurance Card you are entitled to a reimbursement of the costs. You will not be fully reimbursed in all countries. The insurance package and cover differ from country to country. The website of the European Commission tells you, country by country, which medical care you can count on. This is also where you can download a convenient EHIC app for your smartphone.


Note: foreign hospitals are in general familiar with the EHIC, but the same cannot be said for all general practitioners, pharmacies and other care providers. So you may still have to advance the healthcare expenses.

Is there anything the European Health Insurance Card cannot be used for?

You cannot use the European Health Insurance Card for planned medical treatment abroad or for healthcare expenses incurred in your country of origin. For healthcare in your country of residence, you can use the 106 form.

European Health Insurance Card for family members

Co-insured family members from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland can apply for a European Health Insurance Card from the Health Insurance Board (Zorginstituut Nederland). They will need an ID number for their application. The Zorginstituut Nederland will notify you accordingly as soon as the health insurer in your country of residence has notified the Zorginstituut Nederland of your family members being co-insured. You will receive individual letters with ID numbers for each family member. Visit the website of the Zorginstituut Nederland.