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CPME welcomes the vote on “patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare”


01 Apr 2009


Health & Consumers

On Tuesday 31 March 2009, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted the report on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU by John Bowis MEP.

To date, the issue of a patient's right to access healthcare elsewhere in the EU has been decided by courts. The Commission proposal and this report seek to clarify the situation by putting in place a system to allow patients access to treatment in other Member States.
CPME welcomes the European Parliament’s call for clearer rules on EU citizen's access to treatment elsewhere in the EU. The vote on this report is the first step in the right direction for establishing a level playing field in cross-border healthcare.

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CPME Secretary General
Tel.: +32 2 732 72 02
Fax: +32 2 732 73 44

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The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), representing about 2 million doctors through the National Medical Associations of the European Union / European Economic Area, aims to promote the highest standards of medical training and medical practice in order to achieve the highest quality of health care for all citizens of Europe.


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