Health insurance not covering glasses

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I was just told by my insurance company TK that due to some 2004 law, they dont cover anything on a prescription eyeglasess...There is nothing I can do about it, but wouldnt mind learning more about why the hell there is no vision care coverage by TK, and what is this law all about...Any comments would be appreciated.

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No health insurance will cover glasses, TK is hardly alone in this.

 

IIRC, the only exception is children under 18, and those suffering from extremely bad eyesight (less than 30% in the better of the two eyes, *with* glasses). In those specific cases, they will pay a set amount (that is the same for all health insurance providers) toward the glasses, but nothing toward the frames.

 

If contact lenses are medically necessary, health insurance will cover the costs, but only up to the amount that comparable glasses would cost.

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According to this article from 2013 there are a few small regional health insurance companies (BKK Euregio, BKK Schleswig-Holstein, BKK Akzo Nobel Bayern, BKK VDN, BKK Diakonie, BKK DürkoppAdler, BKK Scheufelen) who have gone back to contributing a bit towards the cost of glasses, but those would be the absolute exception.

 

Welche Kassen zahlen für Brillen und Linsen?

 

 

due to some 2004 law

Read all about it here: GKV-Modernisierungsgesetz

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