Brussels, 02/04/2009

This vote significantly improves the initial proposal for the directive and addresses ETUC’s key concerns, notably patients’ rights and the scope of the directive, which is now limited to cross-border patient care and does not include freedom of movement of service providers.

Improvements should nevertheless also be made:

•  concerning the question of prior authorisation and its consequences on the security and balance of national healthcare and hospitalisation systems;
•  but also in relation to the inclusion of the social dimension and not simply the internal market aspects of healthcare systems, in particular by completing the legal bases of the proposal for a directive.

Further information

The report summarising the compromise and consolidated amendments is available online at the European Parliament’s website at:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2004_2009/documents/dv/envi_20090330_bowis_compr_new_/envi_20090330_bowis_compr_new_en.pdf

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