European court of justice in Luxemburg EuGH has made in the year
2001important decisions to the demands of stationary
health-performances over the national-borders in the EC.
judges determined that in the cases of regular foreign-treatment
within the EC, patients from EC-countries have to hold an
authorization and a promise to takeover costs from their own insurance
companies in their native land.
the insurance companies must give an authorization if the treatment
cannot be guaranteed timely by their covenantors (hospitals,
physicians etc.) in the native country and if the treatment in
the foreign country within the EC is „in the international medicine
adequately tested and scientifically recognized “.
Experts expect that more patients from countries with
healthcare-narrowpasses for certain elective treatments (for example
hip-surgery od cataract-operations) as in Norway or UK will come in
future reinforced through this judgment to hospital-treatment in
Germany, who has a overcapacity in health care sector.