CPH Post

International

Yellow turning blue, but what does it do?

The familiar yellow Danish medical card is about to be replaced by the European Health Insurance Card for those needing medical help while travelling outside of Denmark


One more card, but what does it cover? (Photo: Wikipedia)

June 10, 2014
14:23

by Ray Weaver


This summer the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will replace the familiar yellow CPR medical card for Danes looking for medical coverage in the EU. Even though the change is just around the corner, one out of three Danes has no idea what is covered, and over half are not sure when the new rules come into effect, according to a new study from the insurance company Codan.

“It is a little disturbing that one out of ten think that the blue card is a supplement to the familiar yellow card, while another ten percent think that the blue card covers the whole world,” Pernille Dahl, a spokesperson at Codan told BT newspaper.

The Danish yellow CPR card is unique in Europe – Sweden and the UK, for example, don’t automatically insure their residents on holiday in Europe – and many think that the blue EHIC performs the same function.

Travel not covered
Dahl said that too many Danes think that the EIHC card gives them the same coverage while they travel that they are afforded at home by their CPR card. In fact, the card only gives a traveller the rights and benefits offered in the country in which they are receiving treatment. Danes may wind up being liable for costs they are not accustomed to paying, including extremely expensive travel costs.

“Danes can wind up being surprised by a big bill if they think their travel costs are covered,” said Dahl. “Only private travel insurance covers that – and not even all of them do so.”

READ MORE: CPR cards will no longer provide EU insurance coverage

Dahl said that travellers should both check how much private insurance they carry and make sure that they have ordered the EIHC if they plan to holiday in Europe after August 1.



Related stories



Latest Comments

Paris king . I agree with your views . .

(Nic Tuppen on September 16, 2014 00:31)

Dear Berlingske research, check for another sport like Tennis. The true...

(Jon Paris King on September 15, 2014 21:41)

Finally... Today's kids are monsters. They are capable of a lot more...

(Alex DeGre?t on September 15, 2014 21:31)

Denmark puts these welfare mooches on pension way too fast . Now Dk should...

(Jon Paris King on September 15, 2014 15:15)

I understand same thing I my self I can't concern what Apple have say I...

(Angosom Tesfalem on September 15, 2014 14:38)

Sorry your basement flooded. We got some weird bags containing the crystals...

(Kelly Draper on September 14, 2014 11:33)

Marty all freaks /dave taylor bro love it

(Marty Grace on September 13, 2014 22:51)

True love might not end that soon ;)

(Malang Baloch on September 13, 2014 20:36)

We're enjoying our CPHpost here in Kansas City. Tak!

(Randall Jessee on September 13, 2014 16:20)

Welcome back - I hope you will have a god return to the Danish nature and a...

(Martin Gade Kristensen on September 13, 2014 10:59)