Η διασυνοριακή φροντίδα υγείας στην Ε.Ε.
The cross - border healthcare within the E.U.
This research paper has as an objective the study of the cross-border healthcare and mobility of patients within the European Union. The present study attempts to discover the legal framework of the rights of European patients and the development of these rights. Moreover, it presents the programs of action of EU. Afterwards, it studies some cases of European patients, who appealed to the ECJ and the impact of the ECJ rulings at the development of the European patients' rights. It refers to the impact of the EU enlargement, to the advantages, disadvantages and problems that the cross-border mobility of patients brings, and last to the suggestions of the Commission for an effective management of the cross-border healthcare. At the end, two tables are presented. The one refers to the Ε Forms and to which category of patients each Form relates and to their modification or abolition after the introduction of the European Health Insurance Card. The other concerns the ECJ rulings and their contribution to the development of patients' rights. It is believed that these tables will form a useful tool that could easily be updated, when regularly informed.