Court rules that NHS must pay for overseas treatmentBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7419.831 (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:831
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A High Court judge last week opened the way for NHS patients who face “undue delay” on hospital waiting lists to have their operation in another European Union member state and claim reimbursement from the NHS.
Mr Justice Munby ruled that “if treatment in this country under the NHS is unduly delayed, then an NHS patient is entitled as a matter of European law to travel to another member state, there to be treated on terms requiring the NHS to reimburse the cost of that treatment.”
But he ruled that Yvonne …