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How do I present my prescriptions?

If your doctor or dentist in the state of treatment has issued a prescription, you can present it directly in the state of treatment or after returning to Germany. We will tell you what you need to look out for.

If the doctor or dentist prescribes you medicinal products or medicinal devices (for instance a medicine or an aid such as a bandage) in the context of the treatment, you can present the prescription in the state of treatment, in Germany, in another Member State, in Switzerland or in one of the EEA States Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway.

If you have private health insurance, you should approach your insurance company directly.

If you have private health insurance in Germany and want to present a prescription in another country, please address any questions that you may have directly to your German health insurance company.

If you have statutory health insurance: presenting prescriptions in the state of treatment

We recommend you to present any prescriptions which you received when undergoing treatment in another EU country directly in the state of treatment.

If you are unsure about where to present your prescription, ask the doctor or dentist treating you or go to a chemist. You can also seek information from the respective National Contact Point in the state of treatment.

If you have undergone treatment as if you had statutory health insurance in another Member State, in an EEA State or in Switzerland via an E 112 or S2 form (you will find more information on this in the column entitled “Who has to pay?”), the medicinal products and medicinal devices which have been prescribed will be assumed and reimbursed in accordance with the legal provisions of the state of treatment. Larger aids, such as wheelchairs, will however only be provided if they are noted on the E 112 or S2 form. Otherwise, you need another E 112 or S2 form for this if you wish to receive the aid whilst you are still in the state of treatment.

If a co-payment is charged for medicinal products and medicinal devices in the state of treatment, you have to pay this yourself. It is however possible that your German health insurance fund will reimburse at least part of these costs to you. You will find more information on this in the column entitled “Who has to pay?”.

The amount of the co-payment varies from one country to another. You can obtain detailed information on the amount of the co-payments payable in the state of treatment from the statutory health insurance fund of the state of treatment.

If you have received private benefits in one of the states mentioned above (without an E 112 or S2 form), you have to pay for the medicinal products and medicinal devices yourself. Your health insurance fund will reimburse the costs to you up to the amount that it would have paid had the prescription been presented in Germany. It also takes into account here the co-payments which you have to pay under German law, and can furthermore make deductions for administrative costs and if no value-for-money audits have been carried out.

Note on presenting prescriptions in other Member States, for instance in Germany

It is possible as a matter of principle to present a prescription issued in the state of treatment in a state which is not the state of treatment (and therefore also in Germany). Since the products that have been prescribed, their compositions or forms of administration may vary from one state to another, we however currently recommend you not to do so as a matter of principle.

If however you would like to present a prescription in another country, or need to do so, please inform the doctor or dentist in the state of treatment accordingly. In this case, the prescription must satisfy certain requirements as to its content.

  • Name(s) of the patient
  • Forename(s) (written out, i.e. not only initials)
  • Date of birth
  • Date issued
  • Name(s) of the prescribing doctor or dentist
  • Forename(s) (written out)
  • Professional qualification
  • Direct contact information (e-mail and telephone or fax number, in each case with the international dialling code)
  • Office address (including the name of the Member State in question)
  • Signature (handwritten or digital, depending on the medium on which the prescription is issued)

Identity of the medicinal product prescribed where necessary

  • The “common name” of the medicinal product in accordance with European directives (2001/83/EC) (International Non-proprietary Name). The brand name is only used in exceptional cases.
  • Form of administration (tablet, solution, etc.)
  • Amount
  • Strength
  • Dosage
  • Name(s) of the patient
  • Forename(s) (written out)
  • Date of birth
  • Date issued
  • Name(s) of the prescribing doctor or dentist
  • Forename(s) (written out)
  • Professional qualification
  • Direct contact information (e-mail and telephone or fax number, in each case with the international dialling code)
  • Office address (including the name of the Member State in question)
  • Signature (handwritten or digital, depending on the medium on which the prescription is issued)

Identity of the medicinal device prescribed, where necessary

  • “Common name” of the medicinal device

If you present the prescription in Germany, your healthcare insurer will reimburse the costs in Germany as if the prescription had been issued by a healthcare provider (such as a doctor) in Germany. Only the co-payment payable under German law remains payable by you.

Difficulties encountered when presenting prescriptions in Germany

The procedure for the cross-border presentation of prescriptions from other Member States is still rather new. We therefore recommend you to present prescriptions in the state of treatment.

The following practical problems may occur when presenting prescriptions in Germany:

  • The medicinal product or medicinal device prescribed is not available in Germany (in this form) or is unknown under the name given in the prescription.
  • The pharmacist or other healthcare provider in Germany understands the prescriptions wrongly or not at all.
  • The doctor or dentist in the state of treatment has prescribed you an aid which you would like to have dispensed for instance in a medical supply store in Germany. The aid that has been prescribed is however not listed in the German “Medical aids list”.

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