Frequently asked questions

We provide answers to common questions here.

The REHADAT-Assistive Products Portal

The portal collects and describes exemplary assistive products and technical work aids for everyday life and jobs. The aim is to provide a compact overview of the German market in order to make products comparable and to support the choice of assistive products.

In REHADAT-Assistive Products there are currently about 13,000 products documented. Therefore, the product overview does not represent the entire market and does not represent a ranking. To find an assistive product in the portal, it is best to use the search field at the top of the page or to get an overview in the product categories.

In addition, the portal provides practical information on the supply process, application proceedings and financing in order to promote the self-determination, rehabilitation and participation of people with impairments.

The use of the portal is free of charge.

REHADAT does not sell any products. For this, you must contact the manufacturers or distributors whose addresses are listed in the respective product descriptions.

The REHADAT aids database is purely an online offer. There is no summarised overview of aids. Product catalogues can be requested from the individual manufacturers or distributors. The contact details can be found in the respective product description in the tab "Manufacturer/Distributor".

Apps are software applications for mobile devices. They can support people with impairments and thus also be assistive products. As the market for apps is growing rapidly, REHADAT only documents selected apps for people with disabilities.

The quickest way to find the individually recorded apps is to use the search term "app". Alternatively, you can use our special app search to search in the stores (for iOS, Android).

REHADAT-Assistive Products mainly lists assistive products and technical work aids that are available through a German distributor. However, interested parties also have the possibility to search for products from abroad via the international partner network EASTIN. All REHADAT products are also included in this network.

Manufacturers and distributors can report their assistive products and technical work aids online via the company section and update them themselves. This service is free of charge.

You are welcome to inform us of interesting or well-tested assistive products that we have not yet documented. Simply use our contact form for this purpose!

Distinction between REHADAT-Assistive Products and Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register

REHADAT-Assistive Products documents a wide range of assistive products from real life areas for people with impairments. An assistive product number is not necessary for our documentation. Therefore, you will also find work aids, household aids or leisure aids that are not listed in the Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register.

In contrast, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds), the governing body of the statutory health insurance funds in Berlin, compiles the GKV list of assistive products and nursing aids. This official directory lists products that are covered by the statutory health or long-term care insurance and therefore have a GKV assistive product number.

REHADAT merely reproduces the Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register and is not responsible for its content.

The ISO numbers (for example rollator: ISO 12 06 06) in the individual product descriptions are part of the international classification ISO 9999 "Assistive products for people with disabilities - Classification and terminology". ISO 9999 is a health-related classification of the World Health Organization (WHO). For Germany, the German Institute for Standardization publishes the valid version as a DIN standard. All products in REHADAT are structured on the basis of ISO 9999.

The ISO numbers are not to be equated with the GKV assistive product numbers (for example rollator: GKV-HMV

The assistive product number (also HMV number or GKV number) defines a specific product in the Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical aids register. This number always has ten digits and contains information on the classification of the product in the Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register.

Thus, the first two digits determine the product group, the next two the place of use, the following two the product subgroup, the next two the product type and the last two digits a consecutive numbering. The individual ranges are separated in the notation by a dot. Only the last two ranges are combined, resulting in the following notation: XX.XX.XX.XXXX

The assistive product number is used for the supply of (nursing) assistive products by the statutory health insurers. Every product with an assistive product number is therefore covered by the statutory health and nursing care insurances. However, an assistive product number is not always mandatory for a supply.

The complete Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register is available at REHADAT under

Application and payment of costs

The regulations governing the financing of assistive products are complex. The decisive factors are the insurance and individual requirements, the cause of the disability and the purpose of the assistive products. All the important facts are described in the Process & Financing section.

Depending on the individual case, the health insurance fund also covers the costs for an assistive product that does not have an assistive product number. The assistive products must either ensure the success of a medical treatment, prevent an impending disability or compensate for a disability and must not be an everyday object.

The Statuatory Health Insurance's Medical Technical Aids Register only serves as a guide and is not a binding positive list. Consequently, assistive products not listed in the list may also be covered by the health insurance fund in accordance with § 33 of the German Social Code, Book V if the relevant eligibility criteria are met. You can find out more in the article on the private use of assistive products.

Many court rulings confirm that an assistive product may not be rejected only because of a missing assistive product number.

If your application has been unjustifiably rejected, you can lodge a written opposition within a certain period of time.

The REHADAT team can answer general questions, but cannot assist with the application process. For this purpose, you can contact, for example, medical, therapeutic or pedagogical specialists, the contact points of the rehabilitation agencies, the Supplementary Independent Participation Counselling (EUTB), the technical counselling services (for example, from the Integration Office/Inclusion Office or the Employment Agency), self-help associations, social associations or the company agents (for example, representatives of severely disabled persons).

You can find out more about the advice centres in the individual sections in the Process & Financing section.