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Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 09:27 GMT
Health changes for holidaymakers
Breydel building
The European Commission wants a health card
A north Wales politician has backed moves by the European Commission to introduce an EU-wide health card.

Clwyd South MP, Martyn Jones said the proposal would be welcomed: "This will be a tremendous advance for British people travelling within the EU requiring medical treatment."

Martyn Jones, MP
Martyn Jones has backed the scheme

The health card - to be introduced by the commission in 2005 - will make it easier for EU citizens to get medical treatment across all 15 member states.

It will be in the form of a high-tech 'smartcard' and will contain computer readable data that will speed up the provision of health care for people visiting other countries in the European Union.

The health card would be valid indefinitely and will replace the current E111 form which has to be completed and stamped before travelling.

Simplify Procedures

The card is expected to simplify the present system of form filling, and enable people to claim free emergency medical care in another member state.

It will not contain information about the card holder's medical condition.

"It is typical of the very real and practical benefits that can be achieved by European countries working closely together," said Mr Jones.

The commission says the new card would simplify procedures, rather than changing existing rights and obligations.

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