Diego the specially trained Golden Retriever did not come cheap at €17,000 (around US$ 17,900). He has been guiding his master through the streets of Lübeck for a week now. “It was totally worth it!” assures Friesenegger via WhatsApp, as due to his dog’s guidance, he no longer has to watch cars, oncoming pedestrians or traffic lights, which in turn enables him to look at the display of his smartphone without paying attention to his surroundings at all.
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For the time being, Friesenegger is still arguing with his health insurance company about whether they should bear the costs for the current guide dog. The health insurance company has classified the acquisition of the dog as medically unnecessary and uneconomical – an assessment with which the 27-year-old disagrees. He argues that after all, he could possibly even spare his health care provider costs: “If I walked out in front of a car without a guide dog, then that would be even more expensive for them.”
ssi, dan; inspired by: mai, fst ; Picture above and on the right: Shutterstock
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