Plans for cross border care costs to be met by home country are halted

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:15
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Plans to clarify European Union rules for patients to receive reimbursable health care in countries other than their own have unexpectedly been put on hold after several EU commissioners strongly criticised them. The plans were due to have been presented on 19 December.

    At least half a dozen of the 27 commissioners have lodged forceful objections to the proposal, which had been drafted by Markos Kyprianou, the health commissioner, and his advisers.

    Some of the objections are openly political, given the sensitivity of healthcare issues and the fact that health care is the …

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