July 20, 2005

Bald German loses fight for state-financed toupee

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Bald men in Germany have no
entitlement to state support for toupees, a court ruled

Throwing out a legal challenge by a bald 46-year-old man,
the court said the state was not discriminating against men
even though health insurance covers the cost of wigs for women.

"In contrast to women, the involuntary loss of hair among
men is common and accepted as nothing out of the ordinary," the
court ruled, rejecting the suit from the man who said he
suffered because of his baldness.

He filed the suit when the state health insurance system
refused his claim for a 440 euro ($530) toupee.

"The state health insurance only has to pay for hair
replacement when a bald head disfigures a person so severely
that they would be ostracised from public life," the court
added. "That is not the case with men." ($1=.8283 Euro)