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Euro health rights

Patients are set to be given greater rights to seek access to medical treatment in other

European countries.

The European Commission has begun a consultation on a framework to set out the conditions under which health care in another country can be authorised and paid for.

Markos Kyprianou, European commissioner for health and consumer protection, said patients should be given information about treatments available in other member states.

A framework would set out rules on responsibility and compensation in the event of any harm caused by treatment abroad, as well as who was the supervising authority.

The consultation will also consider how to ensure 'legal certainty' regarding cross-

border health services.

'The healthcare that patients need is sometimes best provided in another EU country,' said Mr Kyprianou.

'The European Court of Justice has ruled that patients have rights to cross-border care under Community law, but there are uncertainties what this means in practice.'

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