From the headed paper, it says public assistance hospital de Paris... I sent an email to the NHS, but will fight.... I have insurance, but it says costs over 500 quid not previously authorised are not covered. I do not want to excuse myself, but it is cheeky that they do not tell you on the spot that you will be charged and by how much. Of course it is my life and I would pay, but at least wanted to know beforehand.
Some may know that I had issues during the race this year and pulled out at Km35 due to de-hydration. I was taken and treated at a public hospital in Paris (drip, chest x-ray, Heart rate monitor). While being treated there I did not have my EHIC on me and when discharged from hospital they did not charge me anything. To my surprise today a letter through the post from the hospital charging me EUR1,700 (yes One thousand and seven hundred euros). Does anyone have experience dealing with this? I am thinking of sending a copy of my EHIC to them so they can "re-calculate" the costs. It is an extortionate cost for an EEA citizen I believe.
Ed: thanks mate, I will check this belt out....problem I had in Paris was that they did not give you electrolyte drinks during the race (only in one station), hence me thinking of racing with a belt next time.
Having said that, I will train for the Amsterdam marathon and on their website the say they that electrolytes will be supplied in almost all stations.