What should be free if you apply through an official NHS site can come with an administration fee through other sites which look just as official and legitinmate. It’s disgraceful that this sort of scam cannot be stamped out. Everyone travelling to the EU from the UK is advised to get the E111 certificate to facilitate access to healthcare if they need it. Application on the net is simple or so it seems. Sites like http://www.nhs-e111-ehic.org.uk/?gclid=COC9152Nm7cCFfLKtAod-w8A5w look official and will supply the certificate but make an administration charge. Its comes up top of the google search and with nhs in domain name looks pretty official but if you go to the NHS business site http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx you can not only apply for the certificate free but there is a warning that other sites may charge an administation fee.
So not illegal but disgraceful and what can be done to protect travellers?