If you’re a student looking to study in Spain, getting hold of a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) is essential. In this article, we take a look at what this must-have health card is, what it does and the exact steps you need to take to obtain one.
The GHIC is a new health insurance card that is designed to give medical cover to UK citizens while they’re abroad. It’s completely free and has replaced the previous health insurance card, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
They are essentially the same thing, with a few minor differences. The GHIC was introduced after Brexit, replacing the original EHIC and, as such, covers UK citizens for healthcare in EU countries. However, unlike the EHIC, the GHIC doesn’t cover you in non-EU European countries including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
For those looking to live and study in Spain, it does the same thing.
The GHIC covers state healthcare, meaning you’ll be provided free or reduced-cost healthcare as if you were a Spanish citizen. However, the GHIC doesn’t cover private treatment.
No. It basically acts as a temporary healthcare card. While you’re studying in Spain and have your GHIC, you have the same rights to free healthcare as a Spanish citizen.
All you need to do is show your GHIC when visiting any public hospital, clinic or pharmacy. You’ll receive medical care free of charge.
Again, remember that the GHIC only covers public healthcare, not private.
Yes. If you’re a UK citizen and you’re planning to study in Spain for more than 90 days, having a GHIC is a requirement. This is because you must show proof of healthcare cover when you apply for a student visa.
When you apply for a student GHIC, your card will be time limited to the length of your course. You can either apply online or download and fill in the application form. Aside from the application itself, you’ll also need to supply a letter from your place of study stating the following:
You’ll also need a letter from your university or college confirming:
If you’re applying to study at TEFL Iberia we’ll supply this for you directly, as well as helping through the rest of the application process. Once you have this letter, you'll need to send it to:
Overseas Healthcare Services
NHS Business Services Authority
152 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
For more information on the application process and how the GHIC works, visit the official NHS GHIC webpage.
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