EU seeks views on patients' rights to care across bordersBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.773-a (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:773
- Tessa Richards
- Bad Hofgastein, Austria
The European Commission has launched a consultation paper to clarify the terms and conditions under which citizens of the European Union can get health care in other member states.
Although currently only around 1% of people seek care outside their own countries, numbers are likely to increase. Demand has risen as more people from northern Europe retire to sunnier parts of Europe and as more people commute to work across borders. Budget airlines have also boosted travel.
The aim of the EU health services initiative, which will inform forthcoming draft legislation, is to define what medical services patients have a right to across EU borders and what quality of care they can expect …