If you are a national of the EEC and are going to an EC member country you need to get an EHIC. This card will cover you for all medical expenses you may incur whilst abroad. You can apply on-line by clicking the above link. This card is free of charge.
If you are not an EEC national or are going to a country which is not a member of the EEC you will need to take out a private medical insurance. There are some economical deals on travel insurance which also covers your medical expenses whilst you are abroad and will also cover you for any loss of luggage, damages to your personal belongings and damage to a third party and we recommend that you take out this type of insurance. On our main Additional Information page we have links to some cheap travel insurance companies.
There is also useful health information on the following websites: