Friday, June 7, 2019

Cross-border healthcare directive had too little impact so far, EU auditors warn

Very few patients ask for reimbursements for treatment accessed abroad and the only exchanges of patients’ health data are between two northern member states, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found in a report released on Tuesday (4 June).

According to the report, six years after the Healthcare Directive entered into force, there is only one flow of e-prescriptions in the whole EU, from Finland to Estonia, and about 500 were processed by Estonian pharmacies in a month. When it comes to e-patient summaries, the lookout is no better. Only two member states can receive electronic patient summaries at the moment, Luxemburg and the Czech Republic. Even so, there is little to no use of the system, as no country has developed their sending... Read More