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Apply for a guide dog


Guide dogs or guide dogs are specially trained dogs that support blind or highly visually impaired people in everyday life and allow them to orient themselves safely. The statutory health insurance company covers the costs for the purchase, training and induction of the dog. It also pays a monthly lump sum for maintenance costs.

Blind or severely visually impaired people can apply for a guide dog as a tool.

Contact your health insurance company.

  • High degree of visual impairment or blindness
  • Prescription by the ophthalmologist
  • Appropriate accommodation and catering for the dog
  • personal suitability of the dog owner
  • daily outlet
  • Holder must have completed a mobility training
  • Medical prescription indicating visual impairment

The costs of the purchase, training and training of the dog as well as a monthly flat rate for the maintenance costs are covered by the health insurance fund.

The health insurance fund must decide on applications for disability compensation aids within a period of 2 months from the date of receipt of the application.

You can appeal against the decision of the health insurance company. If the objection is not remedied, you can appeal to the competent social court.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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