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Issue 117, 24 October 2013


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The cross-border healthcare directive enters into force

By, Paola Testori Coggi, Director General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

By, Paola Testori Coggi, Director General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

European citizens, no matter where they live, have the right to choose where to receive medical treatment across the EU, and to be reimbursed for it.  This right is now spelled out in the Directive on Cross-Border Healthcarewhich enters into force in the whole European Union on 25 October 2013.

Under present EU laws, citizens benefit from their own countries national social security scheme if they fall sick while travelling in another Member State. However, for planned cross-border care, a Member State can require that patients first apply for prior authorisation and the Member State is only compelled t [...]

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News from the EU » 
Reporting from across Europe » 
EU Press Releases » 
Forthcoming events » 
New publications » 
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Also in this focus

Health Programme Projects »

Cross-Border Patient Registries Initiative (PARENT)

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Medical geneticist: A rare disease is a real disaster in Estonia, Silja Paavle, national winner, Estonia

A battle to save Safira, Patrícia Fonseca national winner Portugal


News from the EU 

Mental health-personally speaking from Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health  »

The Commissioner has reiterated his personal commitment to continue supporting initiatives to promote mental health and prevent mental diseases.

Fourth journalist workshops (2013) on organ donation and transplant  »

Presentations and photos are now available online.

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam' (update)  »

All interested parties are invited to submit their comments and proposals on the preliminary opinion. The deadline for submission of comments is 20 November 2013. A public hearing in Luxembourg is scheduled on 6 November.

Public consultation on Commission guideline on paediatric investigation plans  »

The period of consultation ends on 18 December 2013. All citizens and organisations are invited to contribute.

Presentations from European Health Forum, Gastein  »

The European Commission sessions on – 'Improving access and combating discrimination in healthcare with a focus on vulnerable groups' and 'Investing in health' are now available online.

Reporting from across Europe 

'When you are free, why choose to be addicted?'  [France]  »

This Anti-smoking campaign from the Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé (Inpes) targeted at adolescents, aims to increase awareness on the notion of freedom and the fight against smoking uptake.

Aids plan  [Belgium]  »

Belgium has a new HIV Plan providing a commonly agreed framework for action against HIV/AIDS.

EU Press Releases 

European Parliament's vote on the Tobacco Products proposal  »

Tonio Borg, Commissioner for health welcomes the positive vote on the Commission's proposal for the revision of the Tobacco Products proposal which took place on 8th October in the European Parliament.

Forthcoming events 

Alcohol policies at the workplace: improving productivity (Brussels, 22 November 2013)  »

Organised by European workplace and alcohol (EWA) project, the workshop will present the core messages from the tool kit and will promote understanding of how better to implement effective actions on alcohol and heavy drinking in the workplace.

New publications 

Published by the European Commission, 'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'  »

This report will make clear what age limit policies have been legally established in the EU Member States (+ Switzerland and Norway). The report presents a unique picture of the way these national legislations on alcohol work in practice.

'Newborn infants workshop' report from European Commission  »

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on 'Newborn Infants', held at the European Parliament in Brussels. Half a million babies are born prematurely in the EU every year and these infants are at higher risk of developing health problems later in life.

WHO Roma health newsletter, Issue 5, September 2013  »

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