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EU ministers support draft legislation for patients to be treated abroad

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1381
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

Governments in the European Union, after a series of landmark legal judgments, are being forced to update existing social security legislation to guarantee patients the right, under certain conditions, to travel to another EU country for reimbursable medical treatment.

The initiative is a response to several crucial rulings dating back to July 1998 from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. These give individuals the possibility of travelling abroad for operations if they face “undue delay” in their home country.

At their Barcelona summit in March this year, EU leaders agreed that the task of redrafting the …

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