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 familiarization of the dog. It also pays a monthly lump sum for maintenance costs.
The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.
- Severe 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 restriction of vision
What are the fees?
Assumption of the costs for the purchase, training and familiarization of the dog as well as a monthly lump sum for the maintenance costs by the health insurance company.
The health insurance company must decide on applications for disability compensation 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 Equality
Professionally released on
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.