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The Globalization of Health CareLegal and Ethical Issues$
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I. Glenn Cohen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917907.001.0001

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Current legislation on cross-border health care in the European Union

Current legislation on cross-border health care in the European Union

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(p.83) 5 Current legislation on cross-border health care in the European Union
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The Globalization of Health Care
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Hilko J. Meyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917907.003.0005

This chapter elaborates the fragmentation of health care delivery systems in the European Union (EU). It reviews the content of the complex legal rules requiring EU Member States to reimburse citizens for health care received in other Member States. The EU Regulations on social security have placed the right of European citizens to move, work, and reside within the Union into practice. The codification of the “second track” of statutory entitlement to benefits for planned cross-border health care in the EU is the central part of the Patient Rights' Directive. This Directive has several advantages for patients who look for health care services abroad or have received such health care. In general, the new EU Directive on the application of patients' rights in cross-border health care is a first step to facilitate access to safe and high-quality cross-border health care in the EU and to ensure patient mobility throughout Europe.

Keywords:   cross-border health care, health care delivery systems, European Union, EU Regulations, social security, Patient Rights' Directive, Europe

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