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 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.
The European Disability Forum will publish a report on access to cross-border healthcare by patients with disabilities in September 2021 to contribute to the evaluation of patients’ rights, and in particular of the Patients Mobility Directive.
At this stage, EDF submits the key findings of the report.
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