The European patients’ rights directive: A milestone towards a true European Health Union?
COVID-19 health systems responses have demonstrated the importance of a European Health Union (EHU). Cross-border healthcare is clearly part of such an EHU: it adds value to border regions and it empowers citizens when going abroad as students, workers, pensioners, tourists or patients. It resolves capacity issues, improves access and helps patients with rare diseases. To clarify the terms and conditions of cross-border healthcare the patients’ rights directive (Directive 2011/24/EU) was introduced in 2011. It also introduced ‘cooperation in healthcare’ including supporting assistance and cooperation, recognition of prescriptions issued in another Member State, the European Reference Networks, action in the area of rare diseases, eHealth, and cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
The session The European patients’ rights directive: A milestone towards a true European Health Union? hosted by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies will explore whether the patients’ rights directive is good enough or if we need to make another effort toward EHU in cross-border healthcare.
Join us for this session on Thursday, 16 June from 16.15 to 17.30 CET with the esteemed speakers:
- Dr Eleanor Brooks, Lecturer in Health Policy, Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Dr Nicholas Fahy, Health and Wellbeing Research Group Director, RAND Europe, United Kingdom
- Prof Scott Greer, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and Political Science, University of Michigan; Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, USA
The session will be moderated by Dr Matthias Wismar, Programme Manager, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Belgium.