Early detection examinations for children
The statutory health insurance companies cover the costs of medical screening examinations for insured children and adolescents, which are also known as U-examinations and J-examinations. Children and adolescents up to the age of 18 can take advantage of the examinations. They are used for the early detection of diseases that endanger their physical, mental or psycho-social development. Up to the age of six, this also includes early detection examinations for dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases, e.g. the determination of the risk of caries and advice on nutrition and oral hygiene.
Details of the content, type and scope of the examinations are regulated by the Federal Joint Committee in the Guideline on the Early Detection of Diseases in Children (U1 to U9) of the Guideline on Adolescent Health Examinations (J1).
To make an appointment, contact the attending physician. For more information, please contact your health insurance company.
Who should I contact?
Responsible health insurance company
The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.
In principle, insured children and adolescents are entitled to early detection examinations until they reach the age of 18. However, the following examination periods must be observed:
- U1 Immediately after birth
- U2 3rd-10th day of life
- U3 4th-5th week of life
- U4 3rd-4th month of life
- U5 6th-7th month of life
- U6 10th-12th month of life
- U7 21st-24th month of life
- U7a 34th-36th month of life
- U8 46th-48th month of life
- U9 60th-64th month of life
- J1 13th -14th year of life
Which documents are required?
For the examinations, you will need your child's electronic health card and the children's examination booklet ("yellow booklet"), which you will receive immediately after birth.
What are the fees?
There are no co-payments for health examinations for children and adolescents.
Fee: free of charge
Applications / forms
A valid electronic health card is required to provide proof of existing insurance.
An appeal can be lodged against the decision of a health insurance company. If the objection is not remedied, an action can be brought before the competent social court.
Further information can be obtained from your health insurance company.
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.