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There are many reasons why treatment in another EU country might make particular sense for you personally.
- If you want to be treated in another EU country by a medical professional who has been recommended to you.
- If the medical professional who has been treating you for many years has moved his/her place of work to another EU country, and you would like to continue to be treated by him/her.
- If your medical professional in another EU country is particularly familiar with your symptoms because of treatment that was provided by him/her in the past.
- If you live near to the border, and the closest medical professional in another EU country is much closer than the closest medical professional in Germany.
- If you can only be cared for and supported by relatives during treatment in another EU country.
- If your health insurer only meets a part of the costs, and the treatment is cheaper in another EU country than in Germany.
All of these reasons however have in common that you are only travelling to another EU country because you wish to take up a healthcare service there and not in Germany. The treatment is also planned if you deliberately combine your holiday stay with a medical service although the treatment could have been carried out before your holiday, or could be postponed until after the holiday.
EU law provides for different legal entitlements and procedures with regard to planned treatment than to cases of unplanned treatment in another EU country. In particular, in the case of unplanned treatment you can be treated in another EU country like a person who has statutory health insurance in the system there using your European Health Insurance Card. In the case of planned treatment, this is only possible with the prior approval of your health insurance fund and on issuance of the appropriate E112 or S2 European form. Both with unplanned and planned treatment, you may be able to be treated as if you had private health insurance in another EU country. A few aspects need to be taken into account here, and we will explore this in greater detail in the next few sections.