The EHIC seems only to be of ise of use in places such as the Republic of Ireland where they have an equivalent Health Service
Hi Helen ... that is not strictly true. Some of our members have received excellent healthcare in Spain and other countries, under the EHIC's reciprocal healthcare arrangements.
But acceptance of the card varies, not just within certain countries, but within certain resorts. The Department of Health does warn that in some cases, you may have to travel some distance to find a doctor or clinic which will accept the EHIC. Obviously that is no good in an emergency situation, and this is another reason why it should never be regarded as a substitute for a good travel insurance policy.
However, with many of those insurance policies, it is a condition that you also must have an EHIC and that is why we have to keep on pushing the fact that holidaymakers should have both, so that they are fully protected.
It must have been a very worrying incident for you, I hope that he has now made a full recovery.