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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001432/2018

Patient mobility for planned healthcare — under both the directive 2011/24/EU(1) and the social security coordination Regulations(2) — remains low, whilst patient mobility in terms of unplanned healthcare seems to be considerably higher. Even this higher volume of unplanned healthcare, on average, only represents about 0.1% of the total healthcare treatment expenditure of the Member States(3).

In its Article 7(9), the directive empowers Member States to limit reimbursement for cross-border healthcare where this can be justified by overriding reasons of general interest, such as planning requirements relating to the aim of ensuring sufficient and permanent access to a balanced range of high-quality domestic treatment. This option may also be used to control costs and avoid any waste of financial, technical and human resources. The directive also includes a number of provisions to ensure continuity of care in cross-border situations (Article 4(2)(f), Article 5(c), Article 11(1) and Article 14(2)).

Therefore, the concerns raised by the Honourable Member are already addressed in the present legislation. No further legislative measures are envisaged at this stage. The Commission is however, in accordance with Article 20 of the directive, monitoring its operation.

(1)Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (OJ L 88, 4.4.2011, p. 45).
(2)Regulations (EC) No 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems and No 987/2009 laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EC) No 883/2004.

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