GPs face 'international Choose and Book' system

GPs may have to provide information to patients about their rights to healthcare across European borders, according to a House of Lords committee.

The proposal from the European Commission for a directive on patients' rights to cross-border healthcare has been welcomed by the Lords' EU committee.

However, it warns that due to the unpredictable impact of the provisions of the directive, it must be carefully monitored upon implementation.

The committee agrees that the right of EU citizens to travel to another member state to receive healthcare has been confirmed by the European Court of Justice. It suggests a legal framework to replace the current ad hoc arrangements.

The committee recommends a patient's own healthcare provider should pay fees directly to the provider in the other member state.

The committee adds: 'It may fall to medical practitioners, such as GPs and dentists, to actually provide the information to patients.'

However, the report added that 'the directive should avoid the imposition of any administrative burden on healthcare professionals'.

NHS Alliance GMS lead Dr David Jenner said NHS Choices or Choose and Book could be extended to help GPs provide information to patients.

But he predicted few patients would ever want care overseas.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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