Borssele village council in Zeeland and a health insurance company are embroiled in a dispute about who should pay for renewing the electrodes on a heart defibrillator.
The council has been sent a €150 bill to replace the electrodes after the apparatus was used to save the life of man who had a heart attack.
The village says the man’s insurance company should pay, but the insurer refuses because the use of a defibrillator is not covered in the basic insurance package. The electrodes have to be replaced each time the machine is used.
The council has since raised the money using a sponsorship campaign but says the situation is a scandal, according to local paper PZC.
The Dutch heart foundation says the problem with payment for new electrodes is a common situation and wants the health ministry to include defibrillators in the basic health package.