European Court of Human Rights - case of Feldbrugge v. The Netherland (1986) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Feldbrugge v. The Netherland (1986) (excerpts)

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10. We agree with the majority that the classification under

Netherlands law, whilst it provides an initial indication, cannot be

decisive, especially if it is out of line with the legal systems of

the other Contracting States. However, as the majority concluded in

paragraph 29 of the judgment, there exists no common European standard

as regards the juridical nature of entitlement to health benefits

under statutory social security schemes. In particular, such

entitlement is not generally recognised as being private in character.