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Health: Doctor is not allowed to charge reward stamps

Health: Doctor is not allowed to charge reward stamps

Good news for those with health insurance: Doctors are no longer allowed to charge stamp fees in the bonus booklet. This says new slate. Some practices charge up to five euros for it.

Physicians are no longer allowed to charge patients for giving a stamp in the reward brochure immediately after a preventive medical examination. Andrea Fabrice from the Independent Patient Advice Center in Potsdam, Germany (UPD) points this out. The regulation has been in effect since October 1, 2013. However, in some practices, as in the past, a fee of up to five euros is charged.

However, preventive medical examinations are part of statutory health insurance services, and are actually paid for by the health insurance company. The same applies to immunization stamps, prenatal cancer prevention, annual dental check-ups, and early detection of diseases in children and adolescents.

Medical examinations of insured persons must be confirmed immediately If you forget the stamp, you may reimburse it free of charge during the current quarter, referring to Section 36 (7) of the Federal Physicians Agreement. Patients may have to pay a fee after the quarter ends.


The UPD provides advice on health and health law issues in 21 counseling centres, through the Medicines Advice Service at phone number 0351/458 50 49 and via the toll-free advice line. Different mobile phone definitions for advice in German. German: 0800 0 11 77 22 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thursday 8pm), Turkish: 0800 0 11 77 23 (Mon-Wed 10am-12pm, 3pm-5pm) ), Russian: 0800 0 11 77 24 (Mon-Wed 10am-12pm, 3pm-5pm). (dpa)