New law is needed to clarify right to be treated in another European country, Lords committee saysBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b810 (Published 24 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b810
- Rory Watson
An influential House of Lords committee has given its backing to moves by the European Commission to make it easier for patients to travel for treatment in another EU country.
However, given the many political, financial, and medical sensitivities involved, its report recommends that any future legislation be reviewed after three years.
The right of patients to travel to another EU country and receive health care as if they were being treated in their own country has been recognised by the European Court of Justice in a series of …