In Germany, only registered medical devices are covered by statutory health insurance funds. The German Medical Technical Aids Register (Hilfsmittelverzeichnis, or HMV) is drawn up and updated by National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV Spitzenverband, or GKV). Requirements relating to the quality of devices and of care are set out Sections 33 and 34 of Book V of the German Social Code (Sozialgesetzbuch – SGB V).
Under the German system, medical devices can only be issued to patients via service providers (medical supply stores). In order to ensure that costs are reimbursed quickly and easily, service providers will need an individual HMV code for your device. In order to obtain this registration number, your device must meet the specific device and documentation-related requirements set by the National Association of Statutory Insurance Funds.