Sudden illness abroad

You can obtain medically necessary treatment in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland by presenting a European Health Insurance Card. In non-EU countries, you are usually responsible for the costs treatment yourself.


You will receive medically necessary treatment in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland if you fall ill suddenly or require treatment for a worsening chronic condition, or on account of pregnancy or childbirth. You will receive treatment at the same price and on the same terms as local residents when you present a European Health Insurance Card to the public healthcare service of the relevant country.

In Australia, you receive immediate necessary treatment in the public healthcare system at the local client fee rate if you are staying in the country on a temporary basis. Show your passport and Kela card to the treatment provider.

Temporary residence usually refers to a stay of less than a year in the destination country.