In 2006, the European Union examined the issue of what is popularly known as EU ‘health tourism’. It was discussed how to ensure that an EU citizen not receiving treatment in his or her own country would be able to do so in another EU country. It was proposed that the cost of treatment in such a case would be covered by funds from the health care sector of the Member State of which the patient was a citizen. Regrettably, in December 2007, publication of the EU’s ‘health tourism’ plan was postponed indefinitely.
What steps is the Commission taking to speed up consideration of the EU’s ‘health tourism’ plan and the establishment of a clear procedure for patients undergoing treatment in a foreign country, in the light of the growing numbers of people travelling as a result of the expansion of the Schengen area?