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Travelling home for treatment and EU patients’ rights to care abroad: Results of a survey among German students at Maastricht University

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  • Glinos, Irene A.
  • Doering, Nora
  • Maarse, Hans

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Empirical evidence on patient mobility in Europe is lacking despite widespread legal, policy and media attention which the phenomenon attracts. This paper presents quantitative data on the health care seeking behaviour of German students at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. A cross-sectional survey design was applied with a mixed-methods approach including open and closed questions. Questionnaire items were based on a theoretical model of patient mobility and input from focus group discussions with German students living in Maastricht. 235 valid surveys were completed, representing ca. 8% of the target population. Data collection took place in Oct–Dec 2010.

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  • Glinos, Irene A. & Doering, Nora & Maarse, Hans, 2012. "Travelling home for treatment and EU patients’ rights to care abroad: Results of a survey among German students at Maastricht University," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 38-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:105:y:2012:i:1:p:38-45
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.12.008
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