Germany will definitively cover the costs for corona patients from the Netherlands and other EU Member States who have been treated in Germany, spokespersons for the German and Dutch health ministries tell NU.nl. An amount of around 2.3 million euros will be waived by the eastern neighbors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany took over care for 58 patients for months, as intensive care units in the Netherlands threatened to become overcrowded. The majority of Dutch patients (48) were received in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands.
The last Dutch patient to be treated in Germany died in a German hospital in early June.
Germany was able to offer the help because it has one of the largest numbers of IC beds in Europe: more than 30,000 beds in total. In addition, the country quickly got the corona outbreak under control.
Germany also wants to pay for care for French, Italian, Spanish and Belgian patients
In mid-April, the German Health Minister Jens Spahn already announced that his country also wanted to pay for healthcare costs. Germany also received Italian, French, Spanish and Belgian patients and suspected that a total of around 20 million euros in care was provided to foreign patients.
However, a formal offer for cost recovery was not forthcoming for months, but has recently been sent to the EU Member States. There had to be a response before September, but the Netherlands has already officially accepted that offer. It is not yet clear whether other countries have also responded.
According to spokesman Sebastian Gülde of the German ministry, all other countries have transferred more patients to Germany than the Netherlands. However, this does not mean that the smallest percentage of the estimated 20 million euros was spent on Dutch patients, since it is not clear for each country how long patients were on German ICs.
Spahn calls the allowance an example of solidarity. “Europe stands together, even in times of crisis,” the German health minister said earlier. Former Minister for Medical Care and Sports Martin van Rijn already expressed his gratitude for German solidarity in mid-June.