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Checklists on out-patient treatment in another EU country

You have statutory health insurance in Germany. You would like to undergo treatment in the surgery of a doctor or dentist in another Member State, in an EEA State or in Switzerland. In this case, the following checklists will provide you with a brief overview of the aspects which you should take into account before, during and after treatment.

We have put together separate checklists for both of the possible paths of treatment in another EU country, that is treatment as if you had private health insurance or treatment as if you had statutory health insurance. Please therefore simply select the checklist which applies to you.

Before treatment

  • You have contacted your health insurance fund and enquired as to the conditions under which it reimburses medical treatment costs in one of the states mentioned above.
  • You have enquired of the National Contact Point of the state in which you wish to undergo treatment as to a suitable doctor or dentist.
  • You have made an appointment to see the doctor or dentist in the state of treatment and ascertained whether he/she needs copies from your medical records.
  • You have asked the doctor or dentist in the state of treatment for a cost estimate. The National Contact Point of the state of treatment will answer any questions you may have as to the treatment costs.
  • You have reached an agreement with the doctor or dentist in the state of treatment on the payment methods.

During treatment

  • You have made sure that the doctor or dentist in the state of treatment has entered all the information, steps and results necessary for the treatment in the medical records.

After treatment

  • The doctor or dentist in the state of treatment, and where appropriate other healthcare providers (e.g. chemists, suppliers of medicines and aids) also commissioned by the doctor or dentist, have issued you with itemised invoices after the treatment so that your health insurance fund can recognise precisely what benefits have been provided. Please keep all the invoices carefully.
  • The doctor or dentist in the state of treatment has issued you with prescriptions and you have tried to present them in the state of treatment. If you can only present the prescriptions in Germany, they must meet specific preconditions.
  • You have submitted the itemised invoices to your German health insurance fund in order to have the costs reimbursed.

Before treatment

  • You have received an authorisation from your health insurance fund in the shape of an E 112 or S2 form for medical treatment in one of the states mentioned above. If your healthcare insurer has refused to issue an E 112 or S2 form, you can be treated privately.
  • You have found a doctor or dentist in the state in question who can treat you. He/she is registered to treat persons who have statutory health insurance and will treat you as if you had statutory health insurance in that country. If you have not yet found a suitable doctor or dentist, please contact the National Contact Point of the state in question.
  • You have enquired of a foreign healthcare insurer what further steps you may have to take.
  • You have made an appointment with the (foreign) doctor or dentist for the treatment and ascertained whether and if so what information he/she needs from your medical records in Germany.

During treatment

  • You have made sure that your doctor or dentist in the other state has entered in the medical records all the information, steps and results which are necessary for the treatment.

After treatment

  • The doctor or dentist has issued you with prescriptions and you have tried to present them in the state of treatment. If you can only present the prescriptions in Germany, they must meet specific preconditions.
  • You have had to pay co-payments in the state of treatment because of the medical treatment and you have asked your German health insurance fund if they may be able to reimburse them.

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Pennefeldsweg 12 c
53177 Bonn

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+49 228 9530-802/800

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+49 228 9530-801
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