Mapping Health Services Access: National and Cross-Border Issues
HealthACCESS was funded under the EC Public Health Programme, Luxembourg. The project ran from 2004 to 2006 and was managed by EHMA. The participating countries were Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and the UK.
Surprisingly little is known of how access to appropriate health services is facilitated within Member States (including new Member States) and between Member States. This is all the more problematic as both regulations and measures facilitating and prohibiting access within countries will have a direct impact on cross-border access to healthcare and therefore, healthcare in other countries.
The project mapped:
- Access issues within 10 selected countries, which either encourage or prohibit cross-border flows
- Structures, contacts and procedures established within countries to ensure access to health services between countries.
The project contributes an important building block for the EC Public Health Programme by providing accurate and up-to-date information on access problems within countries and measures to facilitate access between countries. While the countries included in this analysis are only a sample, they include more than 75% of the future EU’s population as well as the most important borders for cross-border care (UK/Ireland; Netherlands/Germany; Netherlands/Belgium; Belgium/Germany; Germany/Poland; France/Belgium; France/Italy; Germany/Austria; Hungary/Austria; Austria/Italy).
Read the final report here (.pdf)