Lipedema is a disease of the subcutaneous fat tissue – with all of the associated symptoms. In principle, it is a disease that should be covered by the statutory health insurance. Since the procedures are performed in Linz, our cost estimates are based on the amounts specified by the "alternative doctor of choice system" of the Regional Health Insurance Funds of Upper Austria and the small health insurers.
The Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions tends to move these procedures into hospitals, particularly to plastic surgery departments. Please note that you do not have a free choice of physician at hospitals and that this specialty is merely starting to surgically treat this disease. Of course, worldwide and especially in Germany, slightly more than 90% of the procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, especially since tumescent local anesthesia can eliminate the side effects profile of general anesthesia.
Contact your health insurance with the cost estimate and insist that the procedure is medically necessary.
The Chronisch Krank (Chronically Ill) association can also help with legal assistance www.chronischkrank.at.