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Old 10.10.2011, 08:44
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What is meant by Patientenausweiss

I've to see a specialist for a medical procedure, and in all the forms and instructions they sent, they ask me to bring my "Patientenausweiss". Now, the obvious meaning is "Patient Identification Card". But, what is that? Is that my health insurance card, or something else?
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I've to see a specialist for a medical procedure, and in all the forms and instructions they sent, they ask me to bring my "Patientenausweiss". Now, the obvious meaning is "Patient Identification Card". But, what is that? Is that my health insurance card, or something else?
Yes, normally this is your health insurance card. If it's the first time you've visited the specialist (or the hospital where the specialist operates) they'll need to set you up in their billing system.

Depending on which company you're insured with, they may either send you the bills or pass the bills directly onto your insurance company. The latter option is obviously preferable as it 1) reduces admin for you and 2) means that you don't have to be out-of-pocket while you wait for reimbursement. Your insurance company will pay their portion directly to the hospital and only charge you for your franchise and/or participation.
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Re: What is meant by Patientenausweiss

Fortunately (or maybe, unfortunately) I've already reached my Franchise, so it'll all be paid for.

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