No sweat! Sweden pays for armpit treatment in Denmark

Thousands of Swedes with sweat problems who travel to Denmark for treatment will have all their healthcare costs covered after a new court ruling.

No sweat! Sweden pays for armpit treatment in Denmark
File photo: Ana Fernandez

The private 'sweat clinic' (Svedklinikken) in Copenhagen welcomes more than a thousand Swedes every year for treatments that are not available domestically, newspaper Sydsvenskan reports. 

The case arose after a patient in Stockholm who suffers from hyperhydrosis – or excessive perspiration – asked to be reimbursed for the 32,000-kronor ($4,000) Copenhagen treatment. 

Stockholm authorities wanted to pay 6,000 kronor, based on a calculation of what it said a similar treatment would cost in Sweden. But the Supreme Administrative Court has now sided with the patient, who traveled to Denmark for botox treatments on sweaty hands and armpits.

Legal experts for the regional health board in Skåne, southern Sweden, are currently examining the judgment to see if has wider implications for all healthcare obtained abroad when a domestic alternative is lacking. 

Skåne’s proximity to Denmark means the hyperhydrosis ruling alone is likely to cost the region millions each year. 


New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries.