Cost of getting ill in Europe

If Britain leaves the EU with no deal on 29 March, the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) may no longer be valid.

The EHIC only ever covered emergency treatment in some EU countries, so travel insurance was always a sensible option – but it’ll be even more important to add holiday cover to your checklist in the event of no deal.

So if you’re travelling to Europe after Brexit, here’s an idea of how much it may cost to get treatment if EHIC is no longer available. We've looked at 14 countries and the average cost of fixing common illnesses and injuries.

Choose a country to find out more

  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Poland
  • X-ray
  • Broken leg including repatriation
  • Food poisoning
  • Stitches for a cut
  • Appendectomy
  • Heart attack/ heart bypass
  • Doctor’s consultation
  • Ambulance call out
  • Repatriation to the UK
  • Painkiller prescription
  • £100
  • £3,800
  • £1,500
  • £300
  • £4,000
  • £25,000
  • £150
  • £300
  • £5,000
  • £150

Pre and Post-Brexit costs...

...in countries where treatment charges could rise

  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Poland

Pre-brexit

Post-brexit

Food poisoning

Appendectomy

Heart attack/bypass

Doctor's consultation

Ambulance call out

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