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The “cross-border healthcare” directive

October 2013

The “cross-border healthcare” directive

The European directive on cross-border healthcare came into force on 25 October 2013. Its aim is to facilitate the organisation of scheduled treatment for and reimbursement of patients who receive medical treatment or an operation outside of their country of residence.

Henceforth, it is possible to buy medicines in France with a Belgian prescription and vice versa. Similarly, any patient may choose to be treated in a hospital on either side of the border, although it should be noted that only treatment covered in the patient’s country of origin will be reimbursed, at the rate set in that country.
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