Court orders Swiss health insurance to pay for sex change



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



Court orders Swiss health insurance to pay for sex change
The Strasbourg-based court said 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 aged 67 in 2004. 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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Friday, January 9th 2009
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