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Bulgaria - Apply for European Health Insurance Card

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Introduction

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a document based on which during a visit in another EU Member State the insured person can use the emergency and urgent health (medical and dental) assistance - under the laws of the State of stay. From 1 January 2006 it is issued and recognized by each Member State of the European Union.

Eligibility

Anyone who is insured or covered by a statutory social security system in any EU country, as well Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, can obtain a European Health Insurance Card. EHIC is not issued if health insurance coverage is not paid.

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Instructions

Using the EHIC guarantees you reimbursement of the medical costs on the spot or soon after your return home. The purpose of the European Health Insurance Card is to facilitate access to health care during a temporary stay in another Member State and to speed up the recovery of costs incurred. It does not contain medical information about the holder (eg blood group, medical history, etc.).

Required Information

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Permanent address
  • ID number

Procedure

An application for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) must be submitted in person or by an authorized person. Applications are accepted mainly in branches of DSK Bank .It is mandatory to show an ID card. For individuals under 16 years of age that have no identity cards a birth certificate and ID card of one of the parents must be shown.

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Required Documents

  • An application form
  • Identity card
  • Birth certificate and parent’s ID card for those younger than 16 years

Fees

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is free.

Validity

EHIC is valid for 1 year except for retired –valid for 10 years and children –valid for 5 years.

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

It takes 15 days to get European Health Insurance Card.

Office Locations & Contacts

You can apply for European Health Insurance Card in person at the addresses listed in the link below: http://www.ezok.bg/locations.html

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Information which might help

  • Since the card provides coverage only to its owner, each member of the family of the insured person must have their own card.
  • If you have forgotten or lost your European card, you can ask your health insurance provider to send a fax or email a provisional replacement certificate. It is equivalent to the European Health Insurance Card, which gives you the same rights to health care and reimbursement of associated costs during a temporary stay in another Member State. This is particularly important if you need to be hospitalized.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

There is no other uses of EHIC.

External Links

http://www.ezok.bg/
http://www.nhif.bg/web/guest/85

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