Speech to Parliament Brussels Sept 25th 2008 Debate; Social Package (second part), cross border healthcare The central feature of this package, travelling for non hospital treatment outside the home country, funding is by the home country but limited to the amount it would have cost there. So a patient benefits by going to where the treatment is cheaper, as long as it is better treatment.
Speech to Parliament Strasbourg Sept 2nd 2008 Key debate - Social Package (First Part) Mr President, the Lisbon Treaty was dismissed by the legitimate Irish referendum so of course, you need a big program to divert attention, hence this new package. Well, its not really new, it is a re-hash of earlier proposals. But is big. It has EU legislation, Social dialogue, Cooperation, EU funding, partnership, dialogue and communication, and that's from just one page.