Healthcare in other EU countries — patients’ rights

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS DIRECTIVE DO?

KEY POINTS

WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It entered into force on 24 April 2011. EU countries had to incorporate it into national law by 25 October 2013.

BACKGROUND

The reason the rules for cross-border healthcare needed clarifying is that they had been developed based on individual judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union over a period of more than 10 years. The directive was brought forward specifically to clarify the rights to healthcare which derive from the Court's rulings based on Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and to enable these rights to be used in practice. The directive aims to clarify the relationship between its rules on cross-border healthcare and the existing framework provided by Regulation (EC) 883/2004 on social security coordination.

Cross-border care: a legislative framework

ACT

Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (OJ L 88, 4.4.2011, pp. 45–65)

The successive amendments to Directive 2011/24/EU have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED ACTS

Commission Implementing Directive 2012/52/EU of 20 December 2012 laying down measures to facilitate the recognition of medical prescriptions issued in another Member State (OJ L 356, 22.12.2012, pp. 68–70)

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Commission Report on the operation of Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (COM(2015) 421 final of 4.9.2015)

Commission Delegated Decision 2014/286/EU of 10 March 2014 setting out criteria and conditions that European Reference Networks and healthcare providers wishing to join a European Reference Network must fulfil (OJ L 147, 17.5.2014, pp. 71-78)

Commission Implementing Decision 2014/287/EU of 10 March 2014 setting out criteria for establishing and evaluating European Reference Networks and their Members and for facilitating the exchange of information and expertise on establishing and evaluating such Networks (OJ L 147, 17.5.2014, pp. 79-87)

Commission Implementing Decision 2011/890/EU of 22 December 2011 providing the rules for the establishment, the management and the functioning of the network of national responsible authorities on eHealth (OJ L 344, 28.12.2011, pp. 48-50)

Commission Implementing Decision 2013/329/EU of 26 June 2013 providing the rules for the establishment, management and transparent functioning of the network of national authorities or bodies responsible for health technology assessment (OJ L 175, 27.6.2013, pp. 71-72)

last update 18.01.2016