Patients are not able to make an informed decision if they do not get full information about different possibilities, institutions providing healthcare services and methods of treatment. The Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare is an opportunity to enhance the rights of all European citizens with respect to healthcare services, since national citizens will also benefit from a number of provisions initially planned to protect the rights of cross-border patients.
Representatives of national patient organizations decided to start to work together on monitoring and actively participating in the transposition and implementation processes of the Directive, to make it a concrete example and best practice of patient participation in the health policy making. The Directive is an opportunity to enhance the rights of all European citizens with respect to healthcare services, since national citizens will also benefit from a number of provisions initially planned to protect the rights of cross-border patients.
For a real patient-centered implementation, citizens’ organisations must be involved in the transposition processes in all Member States. They shall have their say on all national provisions implementing the text, especially those regarding information of citizens and the reimbursement of costs of cross-border healthcare, which both heavily condition the effectiveness of the right to make an informed choice.
On the 25 October 2013, the official deadline for the transposition, all patient organisations in different countries organize a celebration event in their country. It will be an occasion for all patient and civic organisations to inform European citizens on what has been done and on what still has to be done to make the rights sanctioned in the Directive come true.
The other option is to organize information campaigns in collaboration with European, national and regional institutions starting on 25 October, aimed at raising the attention of citizens on their rights deriving from the Directive and on the existence of the national contact points. It will also be an occasion to ask them to report us their good or bad experience with respect to the application of the Directive, to help us monitor its implementation and work with the healthcare institutions to improve it on an continuous basis.
See full text of the manifesto http://www.activecitizenship.net/patients-rights/29-news/116-manifesto-for-the-implementation-of-the-right-of-european-patients-to-make-an-informed-choice.html