Patient mobility in the European Union

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A draft European Union (EU) Directive, currently the subject of debate between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, aims to set out definitively patients' rights to receive publicly funded health care in other European countries.

In 2009 The King's Fund, supported by one of our corporate partners, the law firm Mills & Reeve, organised an expert seminar to consider the implications of the existing rules for patients in the United Kingdom and for NHS providers and commissioners.

This briefing provides a summary of the current legal situation and the contents of the draft Directive, and outlines some of the issues raised by seminar participants.


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