The project’s objective is to contribute scientific evidence that will enable policy makers at EU and national level to take concerted and coordinated action to allow Europe’s citizens / patients to benefit from enhanced mobility in Europe.
An increasingly integrated Europe offers opportunities for patients to benefit from greater patient mobility:
better access to health care in border regions / other countries (such as purchased care for UK residents in Belgium or long term residents in Spain)
greater access to centers of excellence (with the additional benefit of concentration of European excellence)
sharing of capacities across borders, thus more efficient use of existing capacities (with the benefit for health authorities)
However, there is a need for better understanding of:
potential challenges, such as legal, contractual, and regulatory issues, information to patients/care providers; cross border communication of professionals, quality of care, and identification of best practices.
differences in the operation of health systems, including obstacles to better coordination
consequences of increased patient mobility in Europe.
The research results will achieve / contribute to:
formulation of advice on how to overcome obstacles to creating policies on patient mobility that benefit patients and health authorities – through actions at different levels (regional, national, European) employing legal, organizational and regulatory approaches.