Discount medicines: Only 20 percent co-payment are free

Only every fifth of discount drugs is wholly or partially exempt from the statutory co-payment. A year ago, one out of every four of discount drugs co-payment was still free. The show current calculations by the German pharmacists Association (DAV).

Accordingly, from 1. August 2019 and exempt only 4,915 K of 23.484 discount medicinal products (20.9 percent) of the statutory co-payment fully or partly. On 1. August 2018 there were 5.652 of 22.999 drugs (24.6 percent). Each statutory health insurance Fund has the right to waive the statutory co-payment of between five and ten euros for the half or in its entirety, if you entered into a discount agreement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The pharmacy is obliged to submit the prescribed medicines for the discount drugs of the Fund of the Insured person to be replaced.

"The health insurance companies from writing new rebate contracts to replace old and sparen&quot even more money;, Groeneveld, patient representative of the German pharmacists Association (DAV): &quot says Berend;The funds collect on the one hand, more and more discounts from the manufacturers, while on the other hand, the co-payments of the Insured are on the rise." Groeneveld believes it is more appropriate to adopt the patient a greater part of the co-payments, in order to increase the acceptance of constantly changing products and thus to improve the adherence to Therapy. Groeneveld adds: "The discount contracts to cause in the pharmacy time and again to a high of an Explanation. Unnecessary discussions on co-payments were really easily avoidable. In addition, the health insurance companies should complete their discount contracts with at least two, better yet three manufacturers, in order to prevent delivery bottlenecks."

If you want to know, whether it be prescription medication, – no matter whether discount medicines or not –co-payment is free, you can contact in the list of co-payment exempt drugs about.


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