Seeking healthcare in another EU Member State
Did You Know?
You have the right to receive medical treatment in another EU Member State and the right to have your home country cover some or all of the costs.
You have the right to be informed about the treatment options open to you, how other EU countries ensure quality and safety in healthcare, and whether a particular provider is legally entitled to offer services.
Know Before You Go
Check your treatment plans with your health professional:
- It is highly recommended that you discuss your planned treatment with your doctor before committing to anything.
Plan your trip thoroughly:
- Research your treatments options.
- Make sure you have a copy of your medical records, information on any medicines you are taking, and any relevant test results.
- Check whether you will need a referral from a general practitioner to access (or be reimbursed for) specialist care.
- Check the details of your healthcare provider.
Check the financial implications with your National Contact Point or insurer:
- Make sure you know how much your treatment will cost and whether your authorities will pay the costs directly or will reimburse you some of the costs.
- Check any requirements for pre-treatment authorization.
Make sure you get the medical follow-up you need:
- Arrange to get a copy of your record from your healthcare provider.
- If you get a prescription make sure it is suitable for cross-border use (EU law prescribes certain minimum content to make sure that prescriptions can be recognized in every country).
- Arrange appropriate medical follow-up with your home system (in advance if necessary).
Your right to have the costs of treatment covered
- If you are entitled to a particular treatment in your home country, then you have the right to be reimbursed when you receive it in another country.
- Your level of reimbursement will be up to the costs of the treatment in your home country.
- You may choose whichever healthcare provider you wish, whether public or private.
- For some treatments (certain in-patient or highly specialized services) you may be required to get authorization from your own health system before receiving the treatment abroad.
- If you are facing a medically unjustifiable waiting time for treatment at home, then authorization must be granted. In this case you may even be entitled to a higher level of coverage for you healthcare costs.