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Free Movement of Patients: Directive 2011/24 on the Application of Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare

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Abstract This contribution comments on Directive 2011/24, providing a legal framework for cross border healthcare 13 years after the famous Kohll and Decker case law. The Directive contains provisions concerning the reimbursement of costs, the responsibilities of the Member States and their mutual cooperation in healthcare. Analysing the (potential) impact of the Directive 2011/24 on EU healthcare systems, patients and healthcare providers, it becomes clear that the impact of the Directives reaches far beyond patient mobility. The Directive creates patients’ rights, pays attention to the quality and safety of healthcare services and creates an excessive structure of cooperation in the field of healthcare. The European Union seems ready to use its economies of scale to improve healthcare for all European patients.

Affiliations: 1: Legal and European Affairs, Zorgnet Vlaanderen Brussels Belgium Cabinet of Flemish Minister of Welfare, Public Health and Family


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