Article 8.5 of the Directive 2011/24/EU states that the degree of patient’s pain must be taken into account in the process of the cross-border healthcare treatment authorization.

Member States should have transposed the Directive into their national legislation by October 2013 and, consequently, should have put in place mechanisms to assess the patient's level of pain.

In practice, do the National implementation measures include a reference to the intensity of pain? Do the medical records have now specific sections dedicated to the patient's pain assessment? How common is pain measurement in the EU Member States? According to the intensity of pain, do patients receive any medical advice from their doctors about which foreign leading facility is more appropriate for them? Are the National Contact Point able to refer patients to specialized centers in their own country or abroad?

The conference aims to underline how the protection of patients' rights seeking care abroad is also related to an effective implementation of the Directive 2011/24/EU cross-border healthcare.

Indeed, the patient’s pain entity is a fundamental aspect to consider in order to assure him the whole respect of his rights.

This aspect could also help in building a European network of centers of excellence specialized in pain therapy, improving pain treatment and enhancing the quality of life of chronic pain patients.

The meeting will be an open debate on this topic, based on case histories, experiences, good practices and issues faced in the EU Member States.

It is organized by Active Citizenship Network in partnership with EFIC and it will be hosted by MEP Patrizia TOIA at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 6th, from 15:00 to 17:00 in room ASP 5G305.

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The event will be realized also with the financial and non-financial support of Grünenthal.