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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000238/2015

1 and 2. Article 6 of the directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare(1) requires Member States to establish National Contact Points to provide a wide range of information to patients on healthcare treatment including access, reimbursement and information on quality and safety standards for healthcare received in another Member State. National Contact Points are also obliged to provide assistance to each other. The Commission is in the process of monitoring transposition of the directive into the Member States' legislation and provide a report on the operation of this directive and submit it to the European Parliament and to the Council late 2015.

In addition to the above, and in light of Council Conclusions(2), the Commission will engage in 2015 in a dialogue with Member States and stakeholders on the best ways to take forward the patient safety and quality of care agenda in the EU.

3. The organisation and the delivery of health services and medical care is Member States' responsibility according to the Treaty, therefore no further harmonisation is envisaged at this point.

(1)Directive 2011/24/EU.
(2)C(2014) 438/05.

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