Travel to Slovenia

1/05/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

The NHS recommends travellers update their tetanus injection and consider jabs for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies and diphtheria, especially for visits to rural areas of Slovenia.

Documents needed:  Passport and EHIC

Take your free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to Slovenia.  The EU medical card (the old E111 Form) entitles you to necessary state provided medical treatment on the same basis as locals. It’s not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance, and won’t cover you for things like cancellation, lost passport or repatriation.

Doctors and Hospitals

Even with the EHIC you’ll probably have to pay a standard patient contribution towards treatment under the state system, the Health Insurance Institute (HIIS).

If you can't produce an EHIC, you’ll be asked to pay in full. You can’t get a refund in Slovenia but you may be able to apply for reimbursement back in the UK.

The same applies if you have a dental emergency during your visit.

Unless it’s a life threatening emergency, you can’t just turn up at hospital – you need a doctor’s referral for inpatient hospital treatment.

Ambulance

Emergency ambulance transport is free.    

If you call an ambulance for a non-urgent reason, expect to pay up to 70% of the cost.

Prescriptions

You can use your EHIC in any pharmacy in Slovenia.

Medicine charges can vary. For some drugs you’ll be charged 25% – 75% of the cost, full price for others.  

Without travel insurance, this could be expensive, especially if you need specialist drugs for an existing medical condition and lose your medicine supply at the start of the holiday. 

It’s in situations like these that your travel insurance helpline can come to the rescue.