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European plan would expand healthcare access within the bloc

New York Times, July 3, 2008

If a long-awaited proposal becomes law, people living within the European Union will be able to receive most healthcare treatment anywhere in the 27-nation bloc without getting prior authorization. The plan could extend options to European residents who live in countries where waiting lists are long. It has been postponed for months because of fears in some countries of a large-scale increase in health tourism, but the entitlement applies only to procedures that are publicly financed in European residents' home countries, and reimbursement would be only up to the amount the procedure would cost in that country.