Service. For your wellbeing.

We know that you already have enough to think about: are you worried? concerned? Would you like to find out a lot more from us?

Don't worry - with us you are not alone - neither before, during or after the treatment itself. We are not in the business of "wellness" - instead we are a high-performance medical establishment not only providing specialist medical care but also particularly concerned with your wellbeing. With us there is no waiting. We do not perform acute treatment, and furthermore the course of individual treatments can be predicted reliably, which means that we can arrange appointments very precisely. So nobody has to wait.

Below you will find information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding treatment, procedure and many more. We are here to personally answer any further questions you may have.

 

Questions/Answers (FAQ)

What does treatment cost?

For patients who are covered by private medical insurance, the costs of the radiosurgical treatment are calculated according to the “schedule of medical fees” (officially called the Gebührenordnung für Ärzte, GOÄ) and reimbursed by private health insurance companies on this basis.

For patients with statutory medical insurance (known as GKV in Germany), a contract has been concluded between the Gamma Knife Krefeld Centre and the insurer DAK (Deutsche Angestellten - Krankenkasse) for integrated patient care, under which persons insured with the DAK are now the first group of patients with statutory health insurance in Germany with the option of Gamma Knife radiosurgery if they need it, without having to go through time-consuming application procedures. The health insurer TK (Techniker Krankenkasse) has also signed up to this contract, which means that Gamma Knife radiosurgery is now available to their customers should they need it. A selective agreement has been in place with the AOK Rheinland-Hamburg (Federal Association of Local Health Insurance Funds), the Schwenninger BKK and the Actimonda Krankenkasse such that applications no longer have to be submitted for individual services.

Unfortunately, persons insured with other statutory health insurers in Germany are still not entitled to have the costs of out-patient treatment reimbursed. Although radiosurgery has been used successfully in Germany since 1994 and around the world since the 1970s, so far it has not been added to the catalogue of medical benefits available under the statutory insurance system. Therefore patients still have to apply in advance to their health insurance company to have the costs of out-patient radiosurgical treatment covered. In recent years the health insurers have agreed to cover the costs in thousands of individual cases.

We can help you to apply for your health insurance to over the costs of treatment. Following the consultation and determination of the indications, we will give you a doctor’s letter and a cost estimate. You then submit this documentation to your health insurer. As soon as you receive written confirmation from the insurance company, you contact us again to make an appointment for treatment. Should your application be rejected, we recommend that you still contact us so that we can discuss how to proceed.

Can treatment be carried out as an in-patient procedure?

If it is medically necessary, it is possible for the patient to be admitted to hospital for treatment as an in-patient. There are beds available for us in the neurosurgical department of the Helios hospital in Krefeld.

What are the most common side-effects?

Side-effects are very rare and depend very much on the individual disease, the localisation of the diseased tissue and the necessary dose of radiation. For this reason it is not possible to give a general answer. Of course the preparatory consultation will go into detail about possible side-effects in the individual.

How long will I have to wait for treatment?

The waiting time initially depends on the treatment indication and the patient's wishes. Treatment is generally available within 14 days, if required.

Who should refer me?

The General Practitioner or Consultant will usually refer patients. In the case of cancer, referrals are generally made following a decision taken by the Tumour Board through the treating oncologist or the General Practitioner. "Self referral" for a second opinion is also feasible. Speak to your medical insurance provider if need be.