A new EU Directive has been under discussion since 2008, to define EU patients' rights to cross-border health care and to correct this asymmetry in dealing with pension health care benefits for mobile pensioners. It would allow those national health systems which actually provide the pensioner’s healthcare to obtain reimbursement from the countries where the pensioner worked, in a manner proportionate to the length of service in each country. Given the complexity and divergent interests, the proposed Directive has not yet reached achieved consensus among the paying and receiving countries, in part because there is insufficient information on the actual number of mobile European pensioners and budget amounts involved.
But this asymmetric treatment of pensioner-related Government expenditures needs to be corrected urgently, if the southern European countries are to continue to pursue their strategic vocations as the “Floridas of Europe”, even as they struggle to invert the unsustainable health spending trends which significantly aggravate their critical Government deficit and debt problems.
TRESS Think Tank report on health care for EU pensioners,
Is there a public debt problem in France? http://blog-pfm.imf.org/pfmblog/2009/12/is-there-a-public-debt-problem-in-france.html
UK Dependency time-bomb http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/feb/04/ageing-population-care
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap12.PDF
How to account for Europe's debt