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24 Eur. J. Health L. 1 (2017)

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                                                                European Journal
             EUROPEAN   JOURNAL  OF HEALTH  LAW  24 (2017) 1-23      of
                                                                  Health Law
N IJ HOFF                                                        brill.com/ejhl

Lightning or Lightning Bug: The Role of the

Language Gap and the Access to Proper

Information on Entitlements in Cross-border

Patient Mobility

        Gabriella Berki
     Assistant Professor, Department of Labour Law and Social Security, Faculty of
     Law and Political Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary


The language barrier and the lack of reliable information were identified as major
practical obstacles of European patient mobility. Patients are highly concerned about
the ability to communicate with their doctors when obtaining healthcare in a country
where they do not speak the local language, as well as they find it complicated to
gather all the necessary information about an unfamiliar healthcare system or about
their cross-border healthcare entitlements conferred on them by the Union legisla-
tion. In a multilingual and patient-friendly European Union these issues must be tack-
led in order to ensure effective healthcare and to enforce patients' right to cross-border
healthcare. This article investigates the current legal tools within the European Union
on language gap in patient-provider communication and access to information on
cross-border healthcare entitlements. Moreover, it offers some possible solutions for
the future.


cross-border patient mobility - language gap - access to information - European
Union - Patient Mobility Directive

@  KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2016  DOI 10.1163/15718093-12341405

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