Thematic issues: Health:


Cross-border Healthcare gets stronger in the European agenda. A DG Regio-DG Sante Conference on 4 December discussed next developments in this regards, at the light of recent studies and stakeholders’ points of view.

There is a strong effort in the European Commission to include a cross-border approach in several thematic areas. This has been the case of healthcare for a long time, since the debates to promote the 2011 Directive on CB Healthcare and Patients Rights (click here for other EU languages), and AEBR was paying a strong attention since the creation of the Task Force Cross-Border Health in Lappeenranta (South Karelia) in 2007. CB health has become very relevant during the Cross-Border Review implemented by the Commission in 2015-2017, and DG Santé has shown a very interesting approach. Several studies published lately, such as (in EN) (summaries in DE and FR), implemented by Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, SOGETI and Maastricht University for DG Sante, have demonstrated the relevance of the topic. Therefore, both Directorates-General organized on 4 December a Conference in Brussels to frame CB Health Cooperation, show its cross-cutting and cross-institutional character, present various cases (12) in three workshops, and draw some perspectives on the way ahead. AEBR Secretary General was invited to take part in the last panel, and several activities have been planned to follow up the conference.

The Commission has several interesting publications available:

European Cross-Border Cooperation on Health: Theory and Practice. Study conducted by Eric Delecosse, Fabienne Leloup and Henri Lewalle for DG Regio in 2017 showing the role of the EU in public health, the access to CB healthcare in the EU, various experiences of CBC, a specific chapter on FR-BE cooperation and some conclusions.

DG Sante has a dedicated website, with several studies and publications, such as a general brochure on CB Healthcare the useful brochure The Top Ten Mistakes Patients Make in Cross-Border Healthcare.

The European Commission is planning similar exercises with other thematic issues of cross-border relevance, such as cross-border mobility(transport and missing links).

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