I think this is kind of cool if you are a frequent traveler to EU: "socialism" at its absolute best http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=509 What is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)? A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. How can I get a card? How does it work? When you show your EHIC, you will receive treatment under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Be aware that each country’s healthcare system is different. Services that cost you nothing at home might NOT be free in another country.