28.02.11: The Council has approved a directive on cross-border healthcare, promoting cooperation between member states

Member states will have 30 months to transpose the directive’s provision into national legislation. Long-term care services, provided in residential homes, fall outside the scope of the directive.

 The new directive provides clarity about the rights of patients who seek healthcare in another member state and supplements the rights that patients already have at EU level through the legislation on the coordination of social security schemes.

It meets the Council's wish to fully respect the case law of the European Court of Justice on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare while preserving member states' rights to organise their own healthcare systems.

The Austrian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian delegations voted against. More specifically, the new directive contains the following provisions:

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