|Title:||Potential Benefits of Cross-Border Health Care: the Case of Poland and Germany|
Vol. 9, No 3, 2016
Published date: 09-2016 (print) / 09-2016 (online)
Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
|Keywords:||Cross-border health care, Cross-border collaboration, Border regions, European Union|
|JEL classification:||H55, I11, I18|
Cross-border health care enhances the choices of patients but also involves both general and specific barriers which may explain why it currently occurs on a rather small scale. The paper investigates different pathways to cross-border health care, emphasizing barriers at the national level as a driving force. In general, a variety of benefits may accrue, relating to a higher quality of health care, better access or lower costs of provision. For border regions, these benefits will be particularly important. Based on empirical evidence, we argue that cross-border collaboration is the preferable option to improve the provision of health care to patients. For Poland and Germany, the potential benefits are indicated for each pathway, with a focus on the benefits derived from collaboration in border regions.