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The European Union legislating leviathon has bravely addressed the
issue of cross-border rights of patients to healthcare. This must be
welcomed. Increasing homongeneity in access rights is important in the
development of sustainable healthcare in Europe.
However, the projected relative shortfalls in clinicians to serve the
increasingly elderly European population in the 21st century would suggest
that there needs to be an increasing focus on movement of clinicians
across borders within the European Union but also from without.
Environmental refugeeism will be a 21st phenomenon and represents an
opportunity to develop more equitable, global access to healthcare. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognises health and health
equity as being central in the move to a post-oil world. Legislation
needs to be developed now to put in place checks and balances against in
imbalanced movement of patients and more importantly those who will care