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Checklists on in-patient treatment in another EU country

You have statutory health insurance in Germany. You would like to undergo treatment in a hospital 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 enquired of your health insurance fund as to the conditions under which it would reimburse to you the costs of planned treatment in one of the states mentioned above as well as with regard to the amount of the reimbursement.
  • Your German health insurance fund has approved hospital treatment in the state in question and agreed to meet the costs that it would have paid had the same treatment been provided in Germany, or your health insurance fund has not decided on your application by the legal deadline, and did not inform you in good time of the reasons for its failure to make a decision.
  • You have chosen a hospital in the state in question which offers the treatment you want. The National Contact Point of the state in question will help you find a suitable hospital.
  • You have enquired of the hospital as to the benefits which can be provided and had a cost estimate drawn up.
  • You have reached an agreement with the hospital on the content and scope of the benefits which are to be provided, in other words you have concluded a treatment agreement.
  • You have made an appointment at the hospital and ascertained whether copies from your medical records are needed. If necessary, you have obtained these and made any translations that are necessary.
  • You have reached an agreement with the hospital as to when and how the treatment is to be paid for.

During treatment

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

After treatment

  • The hospital has 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 attendance 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, the doctor or dentist must meet specific preconditions.
  • You have submitted the itemised invoice 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 planned medical treatment in a hospital in another Member State, in an EEA State or in Switzerland.
  • You have found a hospital in the state in question where you will be treated. This hospital is registered to treat persons who have statutory health insurance in that state. If you have not yet found a suitable hospital, please contact the National Contact Point in the state of treatment.
  • You have selected a healthcare insurer in the state in question and enquired there what further steps you may have to take.
  • You have made an appointment at the hospital and ascertained what information is needed from your medical records.

During treatment

  • You have made sure that the hospital has entered all the essential information, steps and results for your treatment in the medical records.

After treatment

  • The doctor or dentist in attendance in the hospital has issued you with a prescription for medicinal products or medicinal devices (such as an aid). You have tried to present it in the state of treatment. If you can only present the prescription in Germany, it 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.

Contact

Team EU-PATIENTEN.DE

Pennefeldsweg 12 c
53177 Bonn

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+49 228 9530-802/800

Fax
+49 228 9530-801
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Find National Contact Points of other EU countries

You will find here a list of National Contact Points of the EU with several contact informations.

Regional sources of information

You are living in a border region and you are searching for further regional information sources. Click here for an overview of institutions that could be helpful.

National information media

You will find more national information available here if you want to find out what treatment is available for specific diseases, or if you need further information on the topic of health.

Checklists

Information on treatment in another EU country at a glance