If you are among the lucky ones going on a New Year break to Europe, don't forget to get your free European Health Insurance Card.
The card can help you avoid huge medical bills if you have an emergency during your trip.
Having travel insurance as well as the European card can help reduce delays in treatment, and undue stress in the event of a medical emergency.
However the card, which can be used in EU countries and in Switzerland, is not an alternative to travel insurance or nor will it cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, repatriation to Ireland or lost or stolen property. It can be obtained at your local HSE health centre.
Health & Living