Cross-border cooperation in health targets the development of regional cooperation projects aiming at ensuring access to healthcare and setting up synergies between the healthcare systems across Europe.
In practice, cross-border collaboration:
- aims to develop access to quality healthcare at urban and rural border regions, by encouraging the pooling of equipment, services and facilities in the cross-border areas,
- encourages the mobility of patients and health professionals and,
- leads to the development of legislation, on EU and national level, promoting mobility and patients’ rights.
The protection and improvement of health remains the responsibility of the States. Nonetheless, they are invited to cooperate in improving the quality of life for their cross-border populations under the Lisbon Treaty (article 168) and by Directive 2011/24 on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.
Theory and Practice: Greek projects
- TelePrometheus: transforming care for those in intensive care units (Greece, Cyprus)
- IT SPATOURISM: Greater IT support for spa tourism and e-health (Greece – Bulgaria)
- RomaAlert: access to healthcare for Roma population (Greece-Bulgaria)
- INTERSYC – Treating and protecting children together (Greece-Bulgaria)
Theory and Practice: EU projects
- TRISAN – A tool for structuring and coordinating cross-border health in the Upper Rhine (France-Germany-Switzerland)
- “Putting patients, clients and families first”- A cross-border health partnership (Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom)
- The cross-border hospital in Cerdanya – One hospital, two States (France-Spain)
- Franco-Belgian Cooperation: Organized zones for cross-border access to healthcare (ZOAST)