Germany, France experiment with cross-border healthcare:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Patients in the region where France and Germany border are part of an experiment in the sharing of healthcare provision, which is due to take effect early next year. The agreement allows for emergency vehicles to serve patients over the respective borders, and later could be extended to the sharing of healthcare facilities and medical staff. The move, mooted in July 2005, will doubtless serve as an indicator of whether healthcare borders can be dismantled across the wider European mainland. The Franco-German border population share historical and linguistic links.