Cross-border scheduled treatments will be reimbursed in Estonian prices as of 2013

On 24 April, the directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The directive significantly changes the principles of compensating cross-border healthcare.

In the future, patients will be able to get scheduled treatment in another Member State, while the cost will be compensated on the basis of healthcare prices valid in Estonia. Only the patients who wish to use a healthcare service not provided in Estonia will need a permit from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund beforehand.

Every Member State must include the provisions of the directive in its national legislation and they must enter info force within 30 months (at the latest 25.10.2013).

At the moment, the old system is still in place in Estonia – the costs of necessary cross-border medical care are reimbursed on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card, and the costs of cross-border scheduled treatment are reimbursed only to patients who have obtained a permit in advance.