Health care practices across Scotland could receive a boost following Scottish independence due to the recent EU Directive on Cross Border Health Care.
The new legislation allows patients to choose health care across European borders. If Scotland becomes independent Scottish health care practices could see an influx of English patients who currently have to endure “undue delay” in the English NHS.
“We have treated many patients from the Dutch health care system,” said Peter McCann, Chairman of Castle Craig, Scotland’s leading alcohol & drug rehab clinic, “and we would expect many new patients from England, Wales and Northern Ireland following the referendum. I was pleased to see that the EU Directive was supported by the SNP.”
He added: “Scotland could benefit from the deficiencies in the English NHS and the increased demand could draw in medical expertise to supplement Scotland’s outstanding medical schools.”
“As a citizen of a European Union state, you have a right,” says Keith Pollard of www.treatmentabroad.com, “to seek treatment in other European states and for the cost of this treatment to be reimbursed by the NHS.” Pollard also points out that “there are very few UK or EU citizens who understand what their rights are to treatment elsewhere within the EU.”
The EU Directive was adopted in March 2011 and it is due to be fully implemented, in all 27 EU Member States, by October 2013.
Scotland’s proximity to England, as well as the common language, is another factor that may persuade English patients to consider coming north rather than flying to France or Spain.
About Castle Craig
Established in 1988 by Peter and Dr. Margaret Ann McCann, Castle Craig is Scotland’s leading alcohol and drug rehab clinic. Other treatment expertise at Castle Craig includes gambling addiction, trauma & PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, burn-out, prescription medications abuse, bereavement, eating disorders and sexual compulsivity.
Thousands of people from all over the UK, Europe and the world have turned to Castle Craig for quality treatment, extensive services & therapies and dedicated family support. 2013 will be Castle Craig’s 25th anniversary.