Organisation and finance
In accordance with the central health services organisation regulations, the subsidy in Germany amounts to between €750 to €800 for two hearing aids. Some private health plans pay up to 100% of the price.
Testing and treatment
Hearing impaired Germans should first go to their family doctor or an ENT specialist and receive a prescription for a hearing aid. The dispensing and fitting of hearing aids is undertaken by authorised private dispensers (Hörgerät-akustiker).
Children's hearing aids are prescribed and dispensed at public hospitals by hearing health care professionals.
Hearing health care services in Germany are provided mostly by privately owned companies. There are no waiting lists for fittings of hearing aids.
Types of hearing aids
Due to the fixed subsidies the choice of hearing aids is wide. If the cost of a hearing aid chosen by a hearing impaired patient is higher than the fixed subsidy, the patient must cover the difference. The difference can vary between €1500 and €3000.
Batteries and service
The German health insurance pays for adjustments and follow-up fittings of hearing aids.
There is no public programme to subsidise the costs of batteries in Germany.
Kilde: “Readers Digest” Deutschland 2010
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