Karni v Sweden: ECHR 8 Mar 1988

(Commission) The applicant was a doctor who, on his return to Sweden, was entered on the list of those affiliated to the Social Security System which meant he could carry on a private medical practice and receive payment for treatment provided to those who might otherwise not be able to pay. New rules meant that he was removed from the list and so the investments he had made in equipment were lost and his practice closed down. The Commission decided that the loss of his affiliation did not amount to deprivation of a possession since he would, at least in theory, continue to practise with patients who would pay. But the Commission considered that ‘the vested interests in the applicant’s medical practice may be regarded as ‘possessions’ within the meaning of Article 1PI’. It said: ‘The question of affiliation to the Social Insurance system was a decisive element for the running of the practice.’


11540/88, (1988) 55 DR 157




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CitedMurungaru v Secretary of State for the Home Department and others CA 12-Sep-2008
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