New report on cross-border healthcare
The European Commission has in cooperation with Jonathan Olsson Consulting collected and compiled data concerning 2015 in order to follow-up on the transposition of Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.
A report was published October 24 at the conference "Towards amplified awareness of EU rights to cross-border care" held in Brussels.
Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who opened the conference, emphasized the importance of the Directive for patients' rights and called for further work to improve patient information an cooperation between the National Contact Ponts.
Directive 2011/24/EU codifies the main principles of the case law established by the European Court of Justice related to cross-border healthcare, i.e. patients who are entitled to a particular health service, that is among the benefits provided for under the statutory healthcare system in their home country, are entitled to be reimbursed for the same service if they decide to receive it in another Member State. However, Member States can require patients to seek prior authorisation for certain treatments.
The Directive was was due to be transposed by the Member States by 25 October 2013. However, the number of patients who take advantage of this new possibility still seem to be low. As an illustration, a majority of the Member States who participated to the report received less than 100 requests for prior authorisation during year 2015.
Read the full report here (pdf)