Brussels, 26 September 2006
The European Commission today launches a public consultation on how to ensure legal certainty regarding cross-border healthcare under Community law, and to support cooperation between the health systems of the Member States. Responses are sought by 31 January 2007. The Commission then plans to bring forward proposals later in 2007.
“This is an opportunity to shape the future of healthcare in Europe,” said Commissioner Kyprianou. “Community law provides patients with rights to cross-border care under Community law, but we need a clear, practical framework to reconcile greater individual choice with the sustainability of health systems overall. I hope that everyone with an interest in healthcare will contribute to this consultation, so that we can realise the potential for European cooperation on healthcare to bring benefits to all.”
This consultation follows the discussion held by the Commission on 5 September (see IP/06/1150).
Issues addressed in the consultation
The consultation seeks input on issues such as:
With today’s adoption of this Communication, consultation on these
issues is launched for four months (until 31 January 2007). On the basis of the
responses to this consultation, the Commission will bring forward proposals
later in 2007.