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went on holiday to turkey recently, i had some problems so ended up going to see the hotel nurse who ordered me a hospital taxi to take me to the hospital. there i gave them my travel insurance info.

the doctor saw me and gave me a prescription for 3 things. i was then told that i owed 67euros for them looking at me and that i had to pay it as my excess on travel insurance was £150.

 

i paid this and paid for my prescription myself. i was meant to go back 4 days later for a check up which i never went to as i didnt wanna pay the bill again myself.

 

i have now been back for 3 weeks and my insurance has been in touch saying they have recieved bills for medical expenses from turkey for 220 euros:

 

30 for the hospital taxi

90 for the doctors time

90 for my treatments (i didnt go back to the hospital again for treatments)

 

so now i have to pay my £150 excess for them to sort this.

 

DOES THIS SOUND RIGHT?

 

why did i have to pay that 67euros in the hospital when they must have know then i wud have to pay the other things that make it more then £150 excess anyways?

 

any sensible advice/ comments would be appreciated

 

(and stupidly i have lost the reciept for 67 euros and the prescription)

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Did you see the T.V. program about this, Hope you are now well,When I was unwell and had to go to the doctors in Spain, He gave me some tablets, When I got home I went to my G P he told me the tablets had not been given out in England for years, But I was not ripped off lol

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My oh broke her wrist in spain last yr. Had to pay 80 euros to see doctor and 10 for pain killers at chemist. The bill was settled and got some bk cos xcess was £50. I can only say have a lower xcess, read your policy and save all receipts, put this down to experience. You could try chasing it up with your insurance, they can only say no but don't hold your breath. Good luck.

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A similar thing happened to me in Skiathos in July. I saw a doctor was was told that I had to pay 70 euros for the consultation. The doctor kept telling me that I would get all my money back through my insurance which I thought was odd at the time as she didn't know what my excess was. I had to go back the following day to pay and she asked me to show her my insurance paperwork. When i got home my travel insurance company billed me for £91. When i rang to query it they said that the clinic had billed them for 220 euros of which i had paid 70 euros so there was 150 euros (£91) outstanding to pay and as my excess was £150 they want me to pay! I have contested this and it turns out the clinic is saying I went 3 times! The insurance company is now trying to wash its hands of it and is suggesting that I deal with the clinc directly!! :rant:

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yeah mine is the same as dudan, they wanted me to go back for another check, and a scan and mentioned operations so i didnt go back, but my insurance company said i was gettin charged for having the scan.

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I offered to show the doctor my EHIC card but she wasn't interested. I realise now that if I hadn't showed her my insurance certificate she wouldn't know who my insurer was and so wouldn't have been able to bill them but as I've never seen a Doctor abroad I wasn't sure of the procedure. You live and learn I guess!!

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turkey isnt in the EU so they wudnt even touch me without my travel insurance documents

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Just thought I'd give an update...when i realised I wouldn't be able to claim expenses through my insurance (due to the excess) i rang the Dept of Health who adminiser the EHIC card and explained it to them. They said they would only refund me if it was a state doctor and not a private doctor. I had no idea which it was so I completed the form and sent my receipt....just had a cheque this morning for £68 from them!

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