From March 1st: The statutory health insurance companies pay for glasses again

Some of the costs are covered from as little as four diopters
Good news for people who wear glasses: Patients with severe ametropia will receive prescription aids in the future. This is currently reported by the German Blind and Visually Impaired Association (DBSV). According to this, insured patients with nearsightedness or long-sightedness of more than six diopters no longer have to pay for their glasses themselves; in the event of astigmatism, the new regulation applies from four diopters.

Until now, glasses had to be paid for by yourself
So far, patients with poor eyesight have been left behind - because if new glasses were needed, they had to be paid for in most cases. The health insurance companies only covered the costs in individual cases. But that should change now: As the German Blind and Visually Impaired Association (DBSV) informs, legally insured patients with nearsightedness or long-sightedness of more than six diopters will in future receive prescription glasses. In the case of astigmatism, more than 4 diopters are sufficient to cover the costs.

Gap in vision aids closed
The new regulation was passed in the course of the law on strengthening the medical and aids supply (HHVG) passed on Thursday, reports the DBSV. According to the announcement, the association had campaigned for a serious gap in the provision of glasses for the statutory health insurance to be closed with the assumption of the glasses costs.

Regulation is expected to enter into force in mid-March
Until 2003, all legally insured persons with defective vision were entitled to visual aids. From then on, however, adults had to bear the costs themselves, because the health insurers were only responsible if a maximum of 30 percent vision was achieved despite glasses or contact lenses.

Those who could hardly see anything without visual aids, but achieved more than 30 percent through the correction, therefore received no support. “It cannot be the case that people with severe visual defects remain without suitable visual aids. The correction of the current regulation was long overdue, ”said DBSV President Renate Reymann, according to the announcement.

According to the information, the new regulation is expected to enter into force in mid-March. A prescription from the ophthalmologist must be available so that the health insurance companies can cover the costs. In the case of children and adolescents, the costs for the glasses had already been paid for by the health insurers. (No)

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