Eurobarometer report on patients‘ rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU

In May 2015, the European Commission published a special Eurobarometer report concerning “Patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU”. The Eurobarometer survey was realised in October 2014 and covered 28 Member States, receiving 27.868 responses.

In 2007, a Eurobarometer on “Cross-border Health Services in the EU” was conducted in order to evaluate the number of EU citizens who had received healthcare in another Member State, and to understand their willingness to receive healthcare abroad.

Then, in 2011, the Directive on the application of patients’rights in cross-border healthcare  was adopted.

In this context, the present survey is a follow up of the 2007 Eurobarometer aiming at assessing the situation after the entry into force of the above mentioned Directive.

The 2014 Eurobarometer addresses five major topics:

  • Patients‘ experience of cross-border healthcare in the EU
  • Citizens’ willingness to travel to another Member State to receive healthcare
  • Citizens’ knowledge about their rights to cross-border healthcare
  • Citizens’ needs for information in relation to such rights
  • Role of National Contact Points

The Eurobarometer report on patients‘ rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb_special_439_420_en.htm#425