Ruling allows EU patients to be reimbursed for treatment outside the unionBMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7497.922-d (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:922
- Rory Watson
European Union patients who have received prior permission from their national health service or insurers to be treated in another EU country are entitled to have their costs covered even if they are subsequently given medical care outside the union, according to a new judgement from theEuropean Court of Justice. The ruling establishes the principle that health authorities in one member state are bound by decisions that may be taken by those in another.
The case revolved around Annette Keller, a German citizen living in Spain. In October 1994, she received an …
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