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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000238-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  Cross-border healthcare
 Answer in writing 

During the confirmation hearings for the Juncker Commission, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, stated: ‘I will work tirelessly with the Member States to ensure that the directive on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare translates into citizens' better access to quality care; into in-depth cooperation on eHealth towards better care; and into joint work on Health Technology Assessment’.

Although EU health policies are interconnected, the same cannot always be said for the national healthcare systems, some of which struggle to provide care within the same timeframe and of the same quality as is available in other EU countries, including for reasons of cost.

In light of the above, and without prejudice to the competences of the Member States:
1. How does the Commission intend to encourage Member States to work together to provide clear rules and reliable information to patients regarding access to and reimbursement for healthcare received in another EU country?
2. How will it help Member States to provide patients with healthcare of the highest quality, above all when they are seeking treatment away from home, and to ensure that all countries are able to conform to these high standards?
3. How will it support harmonisation of legal and economic regulations in relation to patient rights?
Original language of question: IT 
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