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The future for Patients in Europe

Objective

The project Europe for Patients begins from the premise that an increasingly integrated Europe offers potential benefits to patients, through developments such as greater access to centres of excellence and actions that overcome existing trans-frontier imbalances between demand and supply. Yet for these benefits to be realised, there is still much to be done, in terms of co-ordination of legal, contractual, regulatory issues, and in provision of enhanced information to patients and care providers. These actions, in turn, require a better understanding of differences in how health systems operate, on a day to day basis, and of practical obstacles to greater co-ordination that exist. Europe for patient brings together a multi-disciplinary team with extensive knowledge of challenges involved in enhancing patient mobility within Europe, drawing on legal, policy, and research perspectives, covering all Europe, including candidate countries. Importantly, the team builds on established, successful, collaborative relationships. The project works at two levels: overviews of issues across Europe and in-depth case studies. The overviews look at: legal frameworks, at both national and European level, with a focus on recent European jurisprudence; on systems for contracting for health services across borders; and on systems for ensuring quality of care provided. These analyses will feed into the development of a methodology for in-depth case studies that will examine a variety of models of cross-border care, involving both existing and future Member States. In each case there will be an emphasis on the practical implications of legal and regulatory frameworks, so ensuring that the findings are of direct policy relevance. To maximise chances of this project leading to effective policy change, it incorporates a major element of policy engagement and dissemination, building on a strong existing model in the European Observatory on Health Care Systems.

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Coordinator

IESE - BUSINESS SCHOOL - UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA

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Av.Pearson, 21
Barcelona

Spain

Participants (10)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

OBSERVATOIRE SOCIAL EUROPÉEN

Belgium

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

CENTRE FOR CROSS BORDER STUDIES, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST'

Ireland

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Slovenia

PRAXIS CENTRE FOR POLICY STUDIES

Estonia

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REGIONAL OFFICE FOR EUROPE - EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY ON HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Denmark

ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DE LA MUTUALITÉ

Belgium

REGIONE DEL VENETO-UFFICIO PER I RAPPORTI SOCIO-SANITARI INTERNAZIONALI

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 501586

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 January 2007

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 626 432

  • EU contribution

    € 1 499 136

Coordinated by:

IESE - BUSINESS SCHOOL - UNIVERSITY OF NAVARRA

Spain