Cross border healthcare
EU citizens have the right to access healthcare in any EU country and to be reimbursed for care abroad by their home country.
Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare sets out the conditions under which a patient may travel to another EU country to receive medical care and reimbursement. It covers healthcare costs, as well as the prescription and delivery of medications and medical devices.
With health policies and systems increasingly interconnected, the Directive makes it easier to access:
- Information on available healthcare in other European countries.
- Alternative healthcare options, and/or specialised treatment abroad.
The provisions strike the right balance between maintaining the sustainability of health systems, while protecting patients’ right to seek treatment outside their home country.