The insured person has scheduled treatment in a hospital abroad or is returning from scheduled treatment in a hospital abroad. If the insured person travels by public transport or private vehicle, he is entitled to a reimbursement of travel expenses.
Conditions of coverage
For any authorised treatment abroad, a reimbursement of travel expenses may be paid to the insured person, if no other modes of transport have been covered in relation to this treatment.
If the insured person is accompanied by a person, the reimbursement of travel expenses is also due to the accompanying person, provided that:
- the need for the accompaniment is duly documented by a medical justification from the attending physician. No medical certificate is required for the accompaniment of a minor.
- the journey has been made by public transport.
In the event of transfer for previously authorised medical treatment outside the European continent, the insured person is entitled to a special flat-rate reimbursement for travel expenses. The same reimbursement is due to the accompanying person authorised in advance on the basis of a medical justification accepted by the Social Security Medical Board.
Important: Travel costs for cures abroad are not covered by health insurance.
To request the reimbursement of travel expenses, the insured person must send the following documents to the CNS:
- the completed form "Travel expense claim";
- a certificate of attendance issued by the healthcare provider indicating the dates on which the treatment was carried out.
If the insured person submits a receipted invoice to the CNS for transport by helicopter, ambulance or taxi for which the conditions for coverage are not met, the reimbursemenet of travel expenses will be paid automatically.
To request the accompanying person's reimbursement of travel expenses, the following documents must be sent to the CNS:
- the completed "Travel expense claim" form;
- a medical statement from the attending physician documenting the need for accompaniment (no medical certificate is required for accompanying a minor).
- proof that the journey has been made by public transport (e.g. train ticket, bus ticket, etc.).
The reimbursement of travel expenses is paid at the rate of € 0.21 per kilometre of the shortest route between the place where the insured person is staying at the time of departure and the place where he or she obtains treatment.
The special flat-rate reimbursement for travel expenses outside the European continent is € 789,31