Ladies and Gentlemen,
This website has been created for the purpose to inform Cypriot citizens and citizens of other Member States of the European Union on the provisions of the "Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 on the Application of Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare" which is transposed to our National Legislation by the "Law for the Application of Patients’ Rights in Cross- border Healthcare"
This legal framework clarifies patients' rights with regard to their accessing cross-border healthcare and the level of cost to be reimbursed. Establishes rules for facilitating the access to safe and high-quality cross-border healthcare services and promote cooperation on healtcare between Member States, in full respect of their national competencies in organising and delivering healthcare. In addition it clarifies the relationship with the existing framework on the coordination of social security systems, Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004, with a view to application of patients' rights and each Member State designates National Contact Point for cross-border healthcare.
Further to that, a European Reference Network of healthcare providers is been created for facilitating the mobility of expertise and access to highly specialised care through the concentration and joining up of available resources and expertise, while supporting the establishment of “e-health" with the aim of guaranteeing access to high quality healthcare. Finally, it establishes network of authorities or bodies responsible of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) which will facilitate cooperation between the national competent authorities in this field.
European citizens will be entitled to receive any relevant information for making informed decisions about treatment options and will be aware of the costs that will have to pay and the costs that will be reimbursed. All the elements, can contribute to the provision of higher quality and safer healthcare services within the European Union. This can only have a positive effect not only to the healthcare services of Member States, but also to European citizens seeking healthcare.
Dr. Petros Petrides
Minister of Health