This February 2015 is the start of the third edition on the topic of Cross-border Health Care in a new package: a Video Conferencing Course (VCC) with input sessions from Portugal and Belgium and live final presentations by students at Howest Brugge during the International Partner Days during the last week of April

The second edition of CBHC takes place in Leiria, Portugal @ IPL, March 23 – April 5, 2014  (the first edition of CBHC took place in Brugge, Belgium @ Howest March 10-23, 2013)

Theme and objectives of the Intensive Programme

Medical Tourism is a rapidly growing global market sector in which patients travel beyond the borders of their home countries to receive medical treatment. Cross-Border HealthCare refers to a similar phenomenon within the European healthcare market. Patients become increasingly aware of their rights to choose their own healthcare provider, including those in neighbouring and even in more distant countries. Quality, expertise and price are the main driving forces in this new line of business.

Healthcare institutions increasingly evolve and present themselves  as specialist centres in certain domains of treatment, which enhances the trend of cross-border healthcare. However, there are still many uncertainties surrounding the phenomenon. The EU Directive 2011/24/EU about Patients’ rights in Cross-border Healthcare and the Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of social security systems will certainly clarify some matters. The Directive has yet to be translated into national legislations of EU member states.

The first objective of this Intensive Programme Cross-Border HealthCare is to bring students of three different fields of study together– Nursing and Healthcare, Finance, Banking and Insurance  and Medical Management Assistant and to increase their awareness of the practice of Cross-Border HealthCare. During the IP the students will work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams on various case studies covering the topic. Working on these cases will help the students to compile a FAQ about the topic for patients, healthcare providers and healthcare facilitators. The second objective  is to develop joint course materials for the participating institutions to allow for the integration of the topic in their existing curricula.

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