EEZ Crossborder Healthcare Directive No.2011/24/EU. This Directive of March 9, 2011 provides rules for facilitating the access to safe and high-quality cross-border healthcare and promotes cooperation on healthcare between Member States, in full respect of national competencies in organising and delivering healthcare.
The main content of the Directive:
- The patient is free to choose a healthcare provider or facility in either the public or the private sector;
- The patient is reimbursed by the member State of affiliation for at least the amount reimbursed for identical care provided in the State of residence, insofar as the treatment received abroad is covered by that State’s healthcare system;
- Cross-border prescriptions for medications or medical devices: the patient’s home country must provide follow-up care of equal quality, regardless of where treatment was initially provided.