Last month the EU Directive on Patient's Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare entered into force, allowing citizens from any EU country the right to go to another for planned medical treatment and be reimbursed for it. While subject to certain conditions, the law moves above and beyond the scope of previous agreements restricted primarily to emergency or 'necessary' care, which remain separate and untouched.
A brave young man with a compelling story sits in front of a crowd at the European Parliament; Tom is an activist and a blogger. He is also gay, and HIV positive.
Last year, the European Commission announced that it wanted to bring in stiffer rules on the sale of tobacco products. The primary aim was to reduce the number of young people taking up smoking, and thus neutralise the habit’s long-term impact on public health as one of the biggest causes of cancer (among its other adverse effects on health).