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Once the cross-border health care directive comes into force on October 25, every EU citizen will be able to seek medical assistance in any member state, writes Gazeta Wyborcza.

This allows patients to travel to another EU country for treatment and be refunded by their own national health authorities.

Some Czech clinics near the Polish border, where certain medical treatments are substantially cheaper and more accessible for patients than in Poland, are bracing themselves for the “Polish invasion”, notes the daily.

Meanwhile, the Polish government is seeking to make it difficult for Poles to use the new system by adding extra conditions, writes the newspaper, adding –

If we choose a country where an operation is more expensive than in Poland, we will have to cover the difference by ourselves.