No sweat! Sweden pays for armpit treatment in Denmark

No sweat! Sweden pays for armpit treatment in Denmark
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Thousands of Swedes with sweat problems who travel to Denmark for treatment will have all their healthcare costs covered after a new court ruling.

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.