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Humans have continually travelled inside of Europe for paintings and relaxation, even supposing by no means ahead of with the present depth. Now, even if, they're vacationing for plenty of different purposes, together with the hunt for key prone resembling wellbeing and fitness care. regardless of the explanation for vacationing, one query they ask is “If I get sick, will the health and wellbeing care I obtain be of a excessive standard?” This publication examines, for the 1st time, the platforms which were installed position in the entire ecu Union’s 27 Member States. the image it paints is blended. a few have good built structures, surroundings criteria in accordance with the simplest to be had proof, tracking the care supplied, and taking motion the place it falls brief. Others have to triumph over major hindrances.

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The chapter is divided into four parts. Before entering the discussion on quality of care, it is necessary to explain what we understand by cross-border care and to introduce the different categories of mobile patients that we have identified. The first part of the chapter presents a taxonomy of five patient types that constitute a useful way to conceptualize patient mobility and to understand the motivations and arrangements by which people use health care services outside their home country. The second part focuses on quality of health care in cross-border settings from the patient’s perspective, based on patient surveys and interviews that highlight the needs, expectations and satisfaction of those who have experienced cross-border care.

In 1994 the National Board of Health and Welfare issued a further set of regulations on quality assurance, subsequently revised in 1997 and in 2005. These regulations state that all health services in Sweden must include a system for continuous, target-oriented quality improvement. Spain and Italy represent examples of countries where, although quality improvement is mostly promoted by the national Ministry of Health, regional governments have responsibility for introducing and implementing policies on quality of health care.

Several laws, such as the Hospital Act and the Health Insurance Act, incorporate quality improvement initiatives. Patient safety In the last 20 years, the issue of patient safety has become recognized increasingly as a key element of overall quality. The United States has been a pioneer in this area, with the publication of two influential studies. The first was the Harvard Medical Practice Study, in 1991 (Leape et al. 6% of the adverse events could be attributed to errors. The second, and most influential study published to date, was carried out by the IOM in 2000, entitled To err is human: building a safer health system.

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