Health tourism goes under the knife

Fecha Publicación: 
27 Enero 2011

New EU directive makes cuts on foreigners allowed to ‘use’ Huércal Overa hospital facilities

Costa Almería News | Noticia

A European Union directive agreed last week to put a limit on the number of ‘tourist’ patients permitted to access hospitals across the EU zone, it has emerged.

The measure will also have a direct impact on patients who attempt to gain healthcare in the Levante area hospital in Huércal-Overa.

The Inmaculada hospital covers an area which supports 40,000 European residents, including those in Mojacar, Albox, Arboleas and Vera, the majority of whom are retired, while other Europeans travel in from EU countries for treatment there.

The European parliament recently approved limits on health provision to patients who are ‘moving’ between member states, and in spite of a promise by the Spanish government only in June last year enshrining the “right to roam” for health within the Eurozone, the full measures have not finally been adopted.


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