The Council approved the European Parliament's amendments on a draft directive
aimed at facilitating access to safe and high-quality cross-border healthcare and promoting
cooperation on healthcare between member states.
The European Parliament's amendments reflect a second-reading-compromise reached between
the Belgian Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament in an informal
trilogue on 15 December 2010. In line with article 294 of the Lisbon Treaty the crossborder
healthcare directive has now been adopted. Member states will have 30 months to
transpose the directive’s provision into national legislation.
The new directive provides clarity about the rights of patients who seek healthcare in
another member state and supplements the rights that patients already have at EU level
through the legislation on the coordination of social security schemes (regulation 883/04).
It meets the Council's wish to fully respect the case law of the European Court of Justice
on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare while preserving member states' rights to
organise their own healthcare systems.
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