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Cross border shopping for medicines in Belgium and The Netherlands

Depraetere, Jo and Cylus, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8269-1578 (2011) Cross border shopping for medicines in Belgium and The Netherlands. Eurohealth, 17 (4). pp. 19-22. ISSN 1356-1030

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Cross-border care presents a unique set of challenges for those tasked with combating health care fraud. This article discusses the issue surrounding patients who travel from Belgium to the Netherlands to purchase pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC is intended to permit patients to purchase health care outside of their home country so that they may continue their stay abroad, but does not allow patients to travel abroad solely with the intention of obtaining care. Because Belgian patients who travel to the Netherlands to purchase medicines are more costly to the Belgian health care system, it is necessary to ensure that all cross-border medicine purchases are legitimate.

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Additional Information: © 2011 WHO on behalf of European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Divisions: Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:20

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