EPF High-Level Roundtable on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare
Patients‟ rights in cross-border healthcare has been one of EPF’s core policy dossiers since the Commission published its original legislative proposal in 2008. The Belgian Presidency has played a valuable role in leading the efforts to reach agreement with the Parliament during the second half of 2010.
The event, held under the patronage of the Belgian EU Presidency at the Solvay Library in Brussels took place on the eve of the informal trilogue and the Council meeting of 6-7 December which resulted in an agreement at second reading on the Directive. It brought together 51 policy-makers and stakeholders, including members of the European Parliament, representatives of the Commission, the Belgian Presidency, several Member States’ representations, as well as leading health stakeholder organisation.
The roundtable explored various aspects of the draft Directive, focusing on the safety and quality of care and health inequalities. Participants also discussed its potential impact on the policy landscape in key areas such as e-Health and Health Technology Assessment, and the stakeholders’ role at national and regional level.
A full report of the event is available in the right hand section.