Bringing society back into our understanding of European cross-border care

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Title: Bringing society back into our understanding of European cross-border care
Authors: Stan, SabinaErne, Roland
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12705
Date: 4-Oct-2021
Online since: 2022-01-06T15:45:35Z
Abstract: We are pleased to discuss our study on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and the redistributive effects of EHIC-related east-west patient and payment flows across regions and social classes. Our critics confirm our key finding: EHIC patient outflows from Eastern European (EE) to Western European result in a much higher relative burden for the budgets of EE states than outflows from WE to EEE do for WE countries. Starting from what they see as the true mission of social security coordination, however, they also tell us that we should never have studied the redistributive impact of EHIC patient and payment flows in the first place. In this response, we therefore explicate the differences between our empirical sociological perspective and our critics' normative legal approach. This is important, especially when social facts contradict normative legal assumptions as in our case. The EU laws that govern EHIC patient and payment flows are indeed based on the free movement provisions of the EU's internal market project, but our empirical findings show that its promise of "economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States' contained in Article 3.3. of the Treaty of the European Union is not realized in practice in the case of east-west EHIC payment flows and patient mobility.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Journal of European Social Policy
Volume: 31
Issue: 4
Start page: 432
End page: 439
Copyright (published version): 2022 the Authors
Keywords: European integrationEuropean Health Insurance CardEuropean social policyCross-border careMigrationMarket citizenshipEuropean law
DOI: 10.1177/09589287211031815
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0958-9287
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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