How should one get free emergency medical assistance during a short visit to Lithuania?
If you are covered with compulsory health insurance scheme in another EU member state, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and come to Lithuania for a short visit, you will be provided free emergency medical aid upon submission of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
This card is useful when traveling, so be sure to ask for it in the competent institution of the country where you are insured. The card is issued free of charge and allows anyone who is covered by a statutory social security scheme to receive medical treatment in another member state free of charge or at a reduced cost. The procedure is similar in all EU/EEA member states. E.g., in Lithuania, to obtain the EHIC, you need to submit an application to the Territorial Patient Fund. Needless to say, you have to be covered with compulsory health insurance scheme.
The application for EHIC can be made in person or through an authorized person, by mail, fax, Internet and e-mail. EHIC is issued free of charge, no later than 14 calendar days from the date of application, and can sometimes be issued immediately. Upon receiving EHIC, the insured person will have to provide a document proving his/her personal identity.
EHIC is a document certifying that its holder is employed and pays health insurance contributions within the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and is covered with compulsory health insurance.
In case you need medical assistance, you have to contact a healthcare institution. On presenting your identity document and the EHIC card, you will be provided healthcare services by professionals. Only emergency medical assistance is provided for free, all other healthcare services are billed. Follow this link (in Lithuanian) to find out what emergency medical assistance is.
In case emergency medical assistance is required and you do not have the EHIC, Lithuanian and foreign institutions responsible for the execution of compulsory health insurance should contact each other in order to establish your insurance status. If, however, you have to pay for service provision, be sure to keep the receipts and bills. Upon your return to the country where you are covered with compulsory (state) health insurance, the Patient Fund will have to reimburse you for the costs incurred.
The validity of the EHIC card expires upon termination of compulsory health insurance coverage (if an individual stops paying compulsory health insurance conributions, is no longer insured by the employer or by the state funds or declares departure from Lithuania).
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