"Spain and Romania against reimbursement of medical tourism expenses," reports the Spanish edition of Adevărul. Health ministers from Europe's 27 member states have failed to reach agreement on a proposed directive for cross-border health care, which would enable patients to pick and choose between Europe's health services. The proposal, backed by France, Sweden and the UK, has prompted fierce opposition from Spain, which rallied support from Romania and Poland. In the columns of El País, Spanish Minister for Health Trinidad Jiménez described the proposal "as a threat to public health care," which is not a "purely commercial" service. The proposal would incur high costs for countries like Spain, which is home to large communities of pensioners from elsewhere in Europe.