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Patient mobility in the Nordic Countries - Volume and obstacles

  • Published 17/08/2011
This study examines cross-border patient mobility between the four largest Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland), focusing in particular on planned treatment within specialised healthcare services. The two regions Öresund and the North Calotte are investigated in particular.

This study examines cross-border patient mobility between the four largest Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland), focusing in particular on planned treatment within specialised healthcare services.

 

It does this in three broad ways:

(i) an examination of the regulatory environment and main patterns of cross-border patient mobility at the EU-level;

(ii) an analysis of legislation, estimated numbers of cross-border patients and the barriers to patient mobility at a national-level;

(iii) case studies presenting data on cross-border cooperation, the extent of patient mobility and barriers to greater patient mobility at a regional-level.

 

The study concludes that despite increasing political interest in cross-border cooperation related to patient mobility, most patients‟ needs continue to be met within their national health systems. The actual numbers of patients crossing national borders to receive healthcare services were found to be very low.