European Union plans electronic health card to guarantee treatmentBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7335.444 (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:444
- Rory Watson
Plans are being finalised to introduce new electronic health cards that will guarantee their holders emergency medical treatment throughout the European Union. The cards are designed to replace the cumbersome E111 health forms and reduce paperwork and red tape.
The credit-style cards would contain several standardised features, just as the European passport now does, enabling them to be easily recognisable by health authorities and professionals throughout the union.
The initiative is not designed to give patients any new rights. The European Commission, which proposed the scheme earlier …