Briefing Paper: Cross-border EU healthcare directive

’if you are entitled to it here, then you can get it there.’
Introduction
The EU Directive on cross-border healthcare1 came into effect in England and Wales on 25 October 20132. In essence the Directive allows patients in those jurisdictions the right to seek access to treatment in another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) in either the private or state healthcare sectors. Patients will be reimbursed for the actual cost of the treatment.The aim of the Directive is to:

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