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Important for the persons staying abroad: the NHIF urges to contact immediately for medical aid
2020-03-20
The National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF) urges the residents staying in Europe, who have compulsory health insurance in Lithuania, to take care about the necessary documents for medical aid immediately. Part of the persons, who are abroad now, have left Lithuania without a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The specialists urge to contact the NHIF by general e-mail info@vlk.lt immediately so that we could be able to send the certificates replacing EHIC without delay
 
"The NHIF is ready to e-mail the certificates to all the residents in Europe, who can prove being insured with compulsory health insurance in Lithuania. We are ready to do this on weekend, as well. Otherwise, the insured persons would be forced to pay for medical help," – said Mr. Gintaras Kacevičius, Director of the NHIF.
 
According to the NHIF director, some certificates have already been sent recently, but new requests are still coming. The persons insured in Lithuania apply to the National Health Insurance Fund complaining that they have fever and other health problems, while staying in the Member States of the European Union (EU), and ask, where they should refer, as they do not have valid EHIC cards with them.
 
Due to extreme situation, the Lithuanian residents, who have compulsory health insurance and stay in the EU Member States, have EHIC and may continue using the guarantees granted by them. This document confirms the right of the insured person to receive necessary medical help covered from the budget of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund during temporary stay in the EU, European Economic Area, in the United Kingdom, and in the Swiss Confederation.
 
The NHIF would like to draw the residents' attention to the fact that the certificate has the same legal power as EHIC. It confirms insurance of the person and guarantees payment of necessary medical aid under the same conditions.
Almost 600 thousand Lithuanian residents have taken cate about valid cards.
 
More information about EHIC here.

 

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Your questions are welcome by email info@vlk.lt or phone: local (8 5) 232 2222, international +370 5 232 2222

 

Important for the persons staying abroad: the NHIF urges to contact immediately for medical aid