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Group set up to facilitate mobility of patients between EU countries

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1398
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    European Union health ministers are backing moves to make it easier for patients to have medical treatment abroad, and be reimbursed for the costs involved, if they have to wait an undue length of time for an operation in their own country.

    The prospect of being treated on the NHS in another EU country has been opened up by a series of judgments from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

    But while respecting the new rights that the rulings have given patients, governments are insisting that nothing should undermine …

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