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EU sues Spain in health card dispute

Source BBC News@

Spanish ambulance - file picThe EU Commission says it has been pressing Spain over the issue since 2010

The European Commission is taking legal action against Spain over the refusal of some of its hospitals to recognise the European Health Insurance Card.

The EHIC entitles EU citizens to free healthcare in public hospitals.

But some Spanish hospitals rejected the card and told tourists to reclaim the cost of treatment via their travel insurance, the Commission says.

A BBC correspondent says the Commission is not accusing cash-strapped Spanish hospitals of trying to make money.

The Commission, which checks compliance with EU law, has requested information on the issue from the Spanish government - the first stage of an infringement procedure which could eventually result in a fine.

Under the health card system, the cost of treatment of a British citizen in a Spanish hospital is covered by the UK National Health Service.

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