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Specialised outpatient palliative care for people with health insurance Financing

As a person with statutory health insurance, you are entitled to specialised outpatient palliative care (SAPV). The service includes medical and nursing services including their coordination - in particular for pain therapy and symptom control. The aim is to enable care in the familiar environment of the home or family area. These include, for example, facilities for integration assistance for people with disabilities, child and youth welfare services and nursing homes. The special needs of children and adolescents must be taken into account.

The SAPV is a team effort in which different professional groups work together: doctors, nurses and cooperation partners.

Included are - depending on individual needs

  • Consultation
  • coordination of care,
  • supportive partial care or
  • complete supply

If you have been admitted to an inpatient hospice, you will receive the medical care required under the SAPV as part of the service.

Competent authority

The responsibility lies with the respective health insurance company.


  • an incurable, progressive and advanced disease.
  • life expectancy is limited and a particularly complex supply is required.
  • The service must be prescribed by a panel doctor or a hospital doctor.

Which documents are required?

  • Doctor's prescription

What are the fees?

There is no additional payment to be made.


If the health insurance company rejects the care, you can file an objection against it.

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)