BBC news reports 30th May 2013:#
“The European Commission is launching legal action against Spain over the refusal of some hospitals to recognise the European Health Insurance Card.
The EHIC entitles EU citizens to free healthcare in public hospitals.
But some Spanish hospitals rejected the card and told tourists to reclaim the cost of treatment via their travel insurance, the Commission says.
BBC Europe Correspondent Matthew Price spoke to British holidaymaker Ray Burton, who says one hospital wanted his credit card……”
Slightly related to this story, I was on holiday in Scotland and staying at the same B&B was an American family. The lady broke her arm and attended the local casualty. She was amazed at the speed, quality and free service she got, and even offered to pay and had insurance for her plaster cast, sling and anaesthetic. Because there is no incentive for NHS staff to obtain payment from those ineligible for the free NHS, they don’t usually bother. Why not introduce staff or departmental incentives in Hospitals?