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Communication from the Commission. A Community framework on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, COM(2008) 415 final

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The vast majority of EU patients receive healthcare in their own country and prefer to do so. But in certain circumstances patients may seek for some forms of healthcare to be provided abroad. Examples include highly specialised care, or in frontier areas where the nearest appropriate facility is on the other side of the border. In recent years, citizens have brought a series of cases to the European Court of Justice seeking to assert rights to reimbursement for healthcare provided in other Member States. In its judgements on these cases since 1998, the Court has consistently ruled that patients have the right to have reimbursement for healthcare received abroad that they would have received at home. It is necessary to clarify how the principles established on these specific cases should be applied in general. Community rules about how quality and safety of cross-border healthcare should be ensured more generally are therefore necessary. For this purpose, the Commission is planning to propose in 2008 a Communication and a Council Recommendation on Patient Safety and Quality of Health Services as well as a Council recommendation on health care associated infections.

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Record Number: 9200 / Last updated on: 2008-07-21