Accessible healthcare

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You have no Insurance, or are abroad and not covered, or you don't have your card with you, so what do you do?

  • trickery: switch the card with someone else
  • you need to go to a free / cheap place.

The intention of this document:

  • Have a map of places to navigate and get medical assistance when needed
  • Where to get checks and how to stay healthy?



Local / Stories

  • Slovenia: a basic visit to the doctor is 5€, a basic specialist visit. ER is free.
  • Netherlands:
    • (Aalkmar hospital)I was rushed to a hospital with an injury threatening my finger. I didn't have my documents with me (including EHIC card). The doctor sat down with me and explained I need to pay 200€ upfront for him to take a look at it. I found that morbid and went away.
  • Spain:
    • have to fill in papers to use the card
    • I was surprised to discover all dental care is private. A filling costs 50-70€, and a presupuesto for a root canal treatment was 430€. So I needed to head back to my home country to get free healthcare.
  • UK:
    • Got superb treatment in the UK by NHS (stitches). Got brought to Royal London Hospital by a local and no one wanted to see any documents.


  • Emergency treatment is free everywhere in Europe (?)
    • probably not
    • what is covered under ER?
  • Some countries have more accessible healthcare for others
  • We should get better at treating ourselves


  • Take care of your problems in your home countries when you're there
  • Have a Basic medical kit with you

Dental care

Dentistry is a big problem:

  • Who would do it pro bono?
  • Where in Europe is it cheapest?
  • EHIC card seems to not cover dentistry. In Spain, all dental care is private.
  • Is DIY dentistry possible?


See Basic medical kit. Nomadbases should probably be better equipped, include a small pharmacy & tried natural remedies.

Feasible DIY medicine

  • first aid
  • stitching, removing stitches


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