Access to health is a fundamental human right of persons with disabilities. It is recognised and protected under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by the European Union (hereinafter ‘EU’) and all its Member States, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Under EU law, patients have a right to seek healthcare in other EU Member States. However, the exercise of this right depends greatly on how well EU law is transposed and implemented, and of the level of discrimination patients with disabilities may face when seeking healthcare.
This report aims to contribute to the evaluation of the Patients Mobility Directive by the European Commission and identify additional measures needed at EU level to better ensure access to cross border healthcare by patients with disabilities.
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