The cross-border healthcare directive enters into force
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