Lack of equipment drives cross-border care:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The lack of medical equipment in the French region of Alsace-Moselle is driving the trend for French patients to cross the border into Germany for better, or more timely care. Of the 250 patients from this region that went for treatment in Germany in 2001 some 90 crossed the border for dialysis and about one hundred for PET scans, according to the monthly newsletter of the French medical device industry association, Sniteminfo. This is part of a growing trend in Europe for patients to be sent across borders for care: the UK government is sending patients to France and Germany to try and reduce its waiting lists and Scandinavian countries have also sent patients to Germany.
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