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Study on cross-border cooperation


Results of the study mapping successful cooperation projects and its toolkit for practitioners interested in setting up cross-border healthcare cooperation
As foreseen in the Communication "Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions", the Commission has published a new study which maps the existing EU funded cross-border cooperation initiatives in healthcare and shows interesting ways forward.
The study provides a comprehensive mapping of projects and good practices across EU; identifies obstacles as well as future challenges for cross-border cooperation in healthcare; it draws lessons from past experience and finally provides practical guidance to support interested stakeholders starting cooperation projects.
The study was carried out by the Austrian Public Health Institute Gesundheit Oesterreich Forschungs and Planungs GmbH, with funding from the Health Programme 2014-2020.

Read the full study: Results of the study on cross-border cooperation

Consult the study’s annexes: Annexes related to the study on cross-border cooperation

Consult the study’s toolkit: Handy toolkit for practitioners interested in setting up cross-border healthcare cooperation

Also read the full study in French (FR): Results of the study on cross-border cooperation

Also read the full study in German (DE): Results of the study on cross-border cooperation

Communication on boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions


The European Commission adopted in 2017 the Communication "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions" with the aim to overcome obstacles and complexity which undermines the socio-economic development and the cohesive integration of border regions.

The Communication identifies 10 actions addressing some of the legal and administrative barriers to cooperation and promoting the pooling of services along internal borders. A "Border Focal Point" composed of Commission experts in cross border issues coordinate these actions to support national and regional authorities. The “Study on Cross-Border Cooperation on Healthcare”, at the core of this conference, is precisely one of the main outputs of the communication.

Read the EC’s Communication: Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions

Discover more about the different strands of the initiative: Register to the on-line platform



European cross-border cooperation on health: theory and practice

Health concerns us all. Whether we are health professionals or patients, we are all citizens and taxpayers who expect the health care system, a public service, to be of good quality, affordable and accessible.

Health does not know any borders: This means that a patient should be allowed to go to the closest hospital, even if that is in a country different from the one that he lives in.

Download the brochure: European Cross-Border Cooperation on Health: Theory and Practice


The top 10 mistakes patients make in cross-border healthcare

DG SANTE's leaflet published for the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Cross-border Healthcare Directive.

Further reading: The Top 10 Mistakes patients Make in Cross-border Healthcare

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