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Guide dog for the blind

Guide dogs are specially trained dogs that support blind or severely visually impaired people in everyday life and allow them to orient themselves safely. The statutory health insurance covers the costs for the purchase, training and training of the dog. She also pays a monthly lump sum for maintenance costs.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.


  • Profound visual impairment or blindness
  • Prescription by the ophthalmologist
  • Species-appropriate accommodation and food for the dog
  • personal suitability of the dog owner
  • Daily exercise
  • Owner must have completed mobility training

Which documents are required?

  • Medical prescription stating the visual impairment

What are the fees?

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

Processing duration

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


You can appeal against the decision of the health insurance company. If the objection is not remedied, you can file a complaint with the competent social court.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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