The EUCBCC project examines five aspects of healthcare delivery where procedures need to be compatible if patients are to be assured that the care they receive is safe, of adequate quality, and capable of providing continuity where some parts of the overall care process are provided in different Member States.
The project takes as its starting point the Directive on Patients’ Rights, augmented by the body of existing research on cross-border care. It then focuses on those areas where the necessary information is incomplete and seeks to fill the gaps.
EUCBCC aims to facilitate a process whereby European citizens can make an informed choice about whether to seek healthcare in another Member State and, if they so choose, to ensure that the processes are straightforward and ensure continuity of care.
This project represents the first comprehensive overview of current patient and professional mobility across Europe. This will have a major impact on the degree of empirical knowledge that can be used to underpin policy decisions relating to these vital movements. The topic of the project is intrinsically relevant to European policy, and research is designed to provide policy options for developments at both the European and national level.
The project will provide important new insights in relation to the particular settings involved, such as regulatory considerations, mechanisms for exchange of information and financial flows, capacity planning and quality assurance.
The project has the scope to make a substantial impact on policy making in relation to cross-border collaborations that involve the mobility of patients, professionals, and services in an enlarged Europe.
The main impact will derive from identification of the various obstructing and facilitating factors that affect patient, professional and services mobility, generation of policy options that address them, and a better understanding of the scope for implementing these various policy options in different health care systems and at the European level.
Ultimately, therefore, the project will contribute to the development of effective models of coordination among Europe’s health care systems (i.e. cross-border collaborations) that balance more effectively supply and demand, so enhancing the opportunities for Europe’s patients to obtain timely and appropriate care.
The development of improved arrangements for mobility of patients, professionals and services in Europe, which enables sharing of capacity between each Member State while fostering the exchange of best practices, will represent a step towards more effective and efficient health care systems in Member States, so reducing their burden on the overall economy. The project generates research and information (on e.g. medical records, telemedicine, public reporting of quality, treatment pathways) that aims to contribute to the development of effective and efficient health providers, medical technology industries and health systems.
The dissemination activities ensure that research results are known to and used by those responsible for improving health care systems across Europe, thus facilitating increased patient mobility in Europe. The project focuses dissemination on different core stakeholder groups who are seen to influence health care system decision-making in Europe. These include national policy makers (civil servants and regional/health care managers), politicians at national level, international agencies and NGOs and networks, and academia (as a dissemination channel).