Austria is probably best-known as a ski destination, but the gorgeous Alpine scenery is making it increasingly popular as a summer destination too. Vienna’s history and architecture makes it popular for short breaks, and its position at the heart of Europe makes Austria a popular stop-off destination for people road tripping or inter-railing through the continent. Whatever your reasons for visiting Austria, chances are that your visit will be without incident. If however you’re unfortunate enough to have an accident or fall ill when you’re in Austria, here’s what you need to know about accessing state healthcare under the EHIC scheme.
Even if you’ve applied for an EHIC or have had one for many years, the chances are that you are still a little unclear about what EHIC cover will get you. A survey carried out by an internet price comparison website in summer 2016 found that 70% of travellers misunderstood what their rights were using EHIC should they fall ill overseas. Are you one of them?
If you’re planning a European holiday this summer, you’re probably well into the planning stages or organising flights, choosing a hotel and reading online reviews about your chosen resort. It’s also important to sort out any paperwork you might need, so check your passport hasn’t expired, and make sure you pack your EHIC along with the rest of your documents. EHIC’s not all you need to cover your overseas travel though, so don’t run the risk of travelling uninsured this summer.
The NHS is one of the things which many people in the UK rate highly, and which sets us apart from other countries where people must take out insurance to meet their healthcare needs. As the NHS has been so successful here in the UK, the private medical sector is not large and generally picks up the cosmetic surgery cases which would not be covered on the NHS, or routine cases which involve a lengthy wait for surgery. Private GPs are uncommon, and private hospitals with a full A&E department are practically unheard of. There’s a clear private versus NHS distinction here in the UK but the same cannot be said for other countries. As EHIC cover will never meet the cost of private treatment, if you need to go to hospital in France, Spain or anywhere else in the European Economic Area, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between the state and private sectors.
Recent figures released by the travel industry show that bookings to Turkey are down by around 40%, with travellers worried by both the terror attacks which have hit the headlines in the past months and the ongoing war in neighbouring Syria along with the subsequent refugee crisis. A slump in demand for Turkish holidays could be a positive thing – a lack of demand can mean that there are some real bargains out there for customers who are prepared to shop around. But is travel to Turkey safe, and what precautions should British travellers take?
You’ve probably seen the adverts online. Companies telling you that if you’ve been sick or had food poisoning on holiday, then to contact them and they’ll get you compensation for your illness and discomfort. This is the latest income stream from the personal injury companies, and the compensation paid out for whiplash claims in car insurance has pushed up the price for all of us by 15%. So could the same thing start happening with package holiday prices?
In mid-November 2016, the tourist town of Kaikoura in New Zealand was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, cutting off the town and stranding many tourists who were visiting the area which is famous for its whale watching trips. In August, a quake in central Italy killed 270, with the effects felt many miles away. Nobody wants to get caught up in a natural disaster when on holiday, so is travel to Italy, New Zealand and other earthquake zones advisable?
It’s been over a year since a Russian airliner was brought down over the Sinai desert after a suspected bomb attack, and UK airlines banned flights in and out of Sharm El Sheikh airport over security concerns. At the time, tour operators and the UK government said this would be a temporary measure until the Egyptian government dealt with security, but a year on the situation remains unchanged. This situation is different from other locations to which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travelling as there is nothing to suggest that the resort of Sharm El Sheikh itself is dangerous; the issue is purely with the airport.
Under new changes to save the NHS billions the government has announced that the cost of prescription charges in England will increase by 20p to £7.85 from the 1st of April. It has also said that NHS dental and wig charges will increase on this date while pre-payment certificates will stay the same. Many say […]
Research from Germany has found that using specialised ambulances when someone has suffered a stroke can potentially halve the time it takes to administer treatment. Strokes can be caused by bleeding in the brain or blood clots and over 100,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke every year. It is also the largest cause […]