Spokespersons from the German and Dutch Ministries of Health say this in conversation with NU.nl.
During the corona pandemic, Germany took over the care of 58 Covid-19 patients for months, because 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.
In mid-April, the German Health Minister Jens Spahn already indicated that his country also wanted to pay for the healthcare costs. Germany also received Italian, French, Spanish and Belgian patients, and estimated that a total of about 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 responded yet.
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