Court orders Swiss health insurance to pay for sex change 

9th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Swiss Federal Insurance Court violated the woman's human rights when it refused to reimburse her operation costs, EU court says.

Strasbourg -- The European Court of Human Rights awarded a Swiss transsexual 15,000 euros (20,500 dollars) after her country's health insurance refused to pay for her sex change operation.

The Strasbourg-based court said Thursday that Switzerland's Federal Insurance Court had violated Nadine Schlumpf's human rights when it dismissed her case against SWICA medical insurance for not reimbursing her operation costs.

Sclumpf, 72, was known as Max until she had a sex change in 2004, at the age of 67. She had waited until her children were grown up and her wife had died of cancer in 2002 to start undergoing treatment.


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