Court ruling strengthens EU governments’ power to demand prior authorisation for cross-border health careBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5657 (Published 11 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5657
- Rory Watson
National health authorities are entitled to insist that patients wishing to be reimbursed for specialised medical treatment outside a hospital setting in another European Union country must first receive prior authorisation, says the European Court of Justice in a new ruling.
The judgment is a setback for the European Commission, which had taken France to court, arguing that the authorisation requirement violated European law and one of the EU’s basic principles: the freedom to provide services. The French government, supported by the United …