The European Commission is drafting a directive to ensure the protection of patients’ basic rights when travelling to other EU Member States to receive medical treatment. The key proposals are: (i) patients should receive health care that meets the standards they would have been entitled to in their home country; (ii) patients' home countries should carry the cost for health care abroad, at least up to the price they would have been charged had the patient been treated at home; (iii) patients must obtain authorisation prior to looking for medical treatment abroad, but patients cannot be denied treatment if it is deemed "appropriate"; and (iv) Member States should provide all the relevant information "to enable informed choices by patients". The directive could be adopted by the Commission before the end of 2007, after which it will go to Parliament and the Council for approval.