Hospital treatment

As an insured person, you are entitled to hospital treatment. The treatment is carried out fully inpatient if the treatment goal cannot be achieved by partial, pre- or post-inpatient or outpatient treatment, including home nursing.

Insured persons are entitled to treatment in an approved hospital. The service includes in particular medical treatment, nursing, supply of medicines, remedies and aids as well as accommodation and food. Hospital treatment also includes discharge management to support you in ensuring further care after hospital discharge. For this purpose, hospital doctors can prescribe medicines and, for a period of up to seven days, among other things, bandages, remedies and aids and home nursing care, as well as determine the inability to work.

If there is no emergency, you will need a hospital admission from your attending physician (general practitioner or specialist) in order to be admitted to a hospital.

If there is no emergency, you will need a hospital admission from your attending physician (general practitioner or specialist) in order to be admitted to a hospital.

Preconditions

In the case of inpatient hospital treatment, the principle of "outpatient before inpatient" applies. Insured persons are therefore only entitled to full inpatient treatment in an approved hospital if the treatment goal cannot be achieved by partial, pre- or post-hospital or outpatient treatment, including home nursing.

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Whether hospital treatment is necessary, discuss with your attending physician. This can be the family doctor as well as a specialist. If there is no emergency, you will need a hospital admission from your attending physician (general practitioner or specialist) in order to be admitted to a hospital. To visit a hospital, you usually do not have to contact your health insurance company beforehand.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

Last update or date of publication
12.01.2021