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Guide Dog for the Blind

Guide dogs or guide dogs for the blind are specially trained dogs that support blind or severely visually impaired people in everyday life and allow them to orient themselves without danger. The statutory health insurance covers the costs of acquiring, training and familiarizing the dog. It also pays a monthly lump sum for the maintenance costs.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.


  • High degree of visual impairment or blindness
  • Prescription by the ophthalmologist
  • Proper housing and boarding of the dog
  • Personal suitability of the dog owner
  • daily exercise
  • Owner must have completed mobility training

Which documents are required?

  • Physician's prescription stating the limitation of the ability to see

What are the fees?

Assumption of the costs for the acquisition, training and familiarization of the dog as well as a monthly lump sum for the maintenance costs by the health insurance.

Processing duration

The health insurance company must decide on applications for disability compensation aids within a period of 2 months from receipt of the application.


You can appeal against the decision of the health insurance fund. If the appeal is not upheld, you can file a lawsuit with the competent social court.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)