Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 2980th meeting: arrivals (Health)
End production: 01/12/2009 First transmission: 01/12/2009
On 1 December 2009, the second day of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, one of the main issues was the Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, and Göran Hägglund, Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs chaired the meeting. The main point on the agenda was the Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare. With the new regulations in place, it will become easier and safer for EU citizens to seek healthcare abroad. EU citizens are to be able to seek and receive health, medical and dental care in another EU country and have the costs reimbursed by their country of origin. The main principle of the proposal is that patients should be able to do this without needing prior permission. The EU Ministers also discussed the H1N1 pandemic, updating on the situation. They received a status report from the Presidency and the European Commission on the development of the new influenza in the EU and its neighbouring countries. They also had an opportunity to discuss lessons learnt so far and future challenges and cooperation. The Ministers also raised the problem of increased antimicrobial resistance. The increase and spread of antimicrobial resistance and the lack of effective antibiotics is a rapidly growing European and global problem. The Ministers were also expected to adopt conclusions on this issue.
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||Soundbite by Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health and President in office of the Council, on H1N1 pandemic (in ENGLISH): the cases have increased a lot since October; we can also see some countries where it has peaked right now; so, I think we can wait worst situation around Christmas perhaps because a lot of primary care close, and that will perhaps put stranger work for the hospitals, to manage and handle the situation, if we have a lot of cases then.
||Soundbite by Göran Hägglund, Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs and President in office of the Council, on the Directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, (in ENGLISH): during 6 months, we have been discussing with Member States of the Member States and we have solved problems after problems; and today, mostly, it is question is about non contracted providers in an other country; and, if we can solve that problem, I ensure we will have an agreement; but we are not there yet.
||Arrival of Ewa Kopacz, Polish Minister for Health
||Arrival of Ana Jorge, Portuguese Minister for Health
||Arrival of Philipp Rösler, German Federal Minister for Health
||Soundbite by Philipp Rösler, on the directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, (in GERMAN) saying that there is still a problem about the issue of sharing health care; he thinks that the Council has always been holding the negotiation of the law, the political decision; it didn't let the issue to the European Court of Justice and this is a right; they should agree on this directive; he hopes they will get a consensus; then, it will be passed to the European Parliament, they will discuss it again; but now, this an important issue for the Council.
||Arrival of Trinidad Jimenez Garcia-Herrera, Spanish Minister for Health and Social policy (2 shots)
||Arrival of Borut Miklavčič, Slovenian Minister for Health
||Arrival of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health
||Arrival of Baiba Rozentāle, Latvian Minister for Health