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Physiotherapy, podiatry, speech therapy and occupational therapy are all classed as remedies

Remedies form part of the range of medical services that your doctor may prescribe. They are conducted by specially trained therapists.

Remedies – your SBK benefits:

The most common remedies are:


Physiotherapy includes therapeutic exercise, lymph drainage, massage, and heat and cold treatments.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy treats voice disorders, speech impairments such as stuttering, and difficulty swallowing.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy supports and monitors people of all ages who have difficulty performing everyday tasks due to illness, disability or age. Occupational therapy aims to increase the patient’s independence. The objective is to make them as independent as possible in their everyday life, whether at work, school or with their family.

Podiatry (chiropody)

Podiatry is aimed at preventing pathological changes to the feet as a result of diabetes mellitus. Treatment includes the removal of thickened calluses and the treatment of toenails that have thickened or risk becoming ingrown. Chiropody is carried out by trained podiatrists.

How to get remedies:

Your doctor will issue you with a prescription if he or she believes a remedy (i.e. therapeutic intervention) to be necessary, taking the Federal Joint Committee’s remedy guidelines into account. The number of treatment units will depend on the type and severity of the condition. You can then go directly to a licensed therapist of your choice with your prescription; you do not require approval from us.

Your therapist invoices us directly for the cost of the treatment. You only pay the statutory co-payment for your treatment. This amounts to 10% of the cost, plus 10 euros per prescription. You pay this co-payment directly to your therapist. 

For example, in the case of an invoice for six massages, you pay the additional charge of 10 euros for the prescription, plus 10% of the cost of each massage.

Remedies for children and young people up to the age of 18 are generally exempt from co-payments.

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Co-payment exemption