Cross-border healthcare Directive

In 2011, Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare was adopted. This legislation provides that, in principle, patients are allowed to receive healthcare in another Member State and they should be reimbursed up to the level of costs that would have been assumed by the Member State of affiliation, if this healthcare had been provided there. This Directive stems from the landmark Kohll and Decker judgements which was delivered in 1998 by the European Court of Justice (Cases C-120/95 and C-158/96).

The text of the Directive is available in all official languages of the EU at the following link: