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Dutch insurer ordered to fund Belgian transplant

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:689
  1. T Sheldon

    A court in the Hague has ordered a private insurance company to meet the costs of a heart transplant operation which a Belgian hospital has agreed to perform against the advice of Dutch surgeons. The decision runs contrary to rules laid down in the Netherlands in 1990, which said that health insurers were liable only if Dutch specialists agreed treatment.

    Health insurers have said that the decision has far reaching consequences for the cost of health care. While this particular operation will be paid for, an appeal has been lodged against the court's decision.

    The court ruled that it …

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