Crossborder Cooperation Opinion adopted by Health Expert Panel

Sound and timely scientific advice is an essential requirement for the European Commission to pursue modern, responsive and sustainable health systems. To this end, the Commission has set up a multidisciplinary and independent Expert Panel which provides advice on effective ways of investing in health. European Union policy in the field of health is aimed at complementing and supporting national health policies, encouraging cooperation between Member States and promoting coordination between their programmes. The Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care aims to facilitate access to safe and high-quality cross-border health care and ensure patient mobility in the European Union.

The Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health was requested to identify areas which would potentially benefit from greater formal cross-border cooperation and collaboration in health care provision. The independent Expert Panel has identified potential areas for successful cooperation, as well as existing and potential benefits of such cooperation, obstacles to it and priority actions which could be taken at the EU level to overcome these obstacles. The opinion adopted by the expert panel is not binding and is available here.