What is an EHIC card?
It stands for European Health Insurance Card. UK residence can apply for this card if they are travelling to Europe, where, according to the NHS site:
Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you’re not going abroad to give birth.
You can read all about the EHIC card HERE on the NHS website .
The card is free and you just need to fill in the form on the official EHIC website – https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do.
You can also collect a form from your local Post Office and fill it in.
What’s the scam?
There are several websites that offer you the option to pay a fee to obtain your EHIC card by filling in the same form that you can fill in for free on the NHS site.
A quick tour through Google showed several sites working this scam. (In fairness, all these sites include a link to the free NHS site)
(Updated list below, April 2017)
http://ehicdirect.org.uk/ charges £34.50
http://www.e111.org.uk/ charges £14.95