European Union to take action over Spanish hospitals’ rejection of the EU Health Card (EHIC)

The European Commission is understood to be taking legal action against the Spanish Government over refusal of some Spanish hospitals to accept the European Health Insurance Card which provides all EU citizens to free healthcare in public hospitals across member States.

It is understood that some Spanish hospitals have been rejecting the card and have advised tourists that they must settle their medical bills personally or via their travel insurance, adding that the EHIC was not valid for treatment in Spain.