Insured persons can use the electronic dental bonus booklet to prove that they have attended regular dental check-ups. It is part of the electronic patient record. Read more about the advantages of the electronic version versus the printed dental bonus booklet here.
At a glance
- The electronic dental bonus booklet is part of the electronic patient record (ePA).
- It has the same content as the paper booklet.
- One benefit of the electronic dental bonus booklet is that it is available at any time and at any check-up.
- Depending on the design of the ePA app used by the health insurance provider, automatic appointment reminders are possible.
- Use of the electronic dental bonus booklet is voluntary, as is use of the electronic patient record in which the booklet is saved.
Note: The information in this article cannot and should not replace a medical consultation and must not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment.
What is the electronic dental bonus booklet?
The electronic dental bonus booklet provides proof of attendance of regular dental check-ups, just like the current paper bonus booklet.
Its use can be worthwhile: people with statutory health insurance who have their bonus booklets updated at each check-up reduce the deductible amount owed if dental work is needed. People who can show evidence of regular dental check-ups in the five previous calendar years will have 70 percent of their costs covered instead of the 60 percent fixed subsidy. Anyone who can show seamless entries in their dental bonus booklet over the previous ten years will have 75 percent of their costs covered.
Important: As the patient, you decide if you want to use the new digital version of the dental bonus booklet or continue to use the printed version. Your choice has no effect on the level of cost coverage.
What are the advantages of the electronic dental bonus booklet?
The current dental bonus booklet is a printed booklet that could be lost or misplaced. This is no longer possible with the electronic version: the electronic dental bonus booklet is stored in the electronic patient record (ePA) from where it can be accessed at any time.
To document your check-ups, you must use the ePA app or the electronic health card (eGK) to grant your dental practice access to the electronic dental bonus booklet. As a result, no check-ups will go undocumented. With a printed dental bonus booklet, it is more likely that a dental visit will not be documented – for example due to a patient forgetting the booklet and not remembering to have the visit recorded retrospectively.
Another advantage of the electronic dental bonus booklet is that some health insurance providers offer ePA apps that will automatically remind you of your upcoming check-up.
What happens to previous entries in my current dental bonus booklet?
They will be added to your electronic version. All check-ups from your printed dental bonus booklet and those that have not yet been documented can be retroactively recorded in your electronic dental bonus booklet by your dentist. It is also possible to send your health insurance provider a copy of your paper dental records as proof and then only add and share new entries electronically.
Who can access my data in the electronic dental bonus booklet?
The electronic dental bonus booklet is part of the electronic patient record (ePA). As with the ePA, you decide who has access to your bonus booklet and for how long. You must grant access to the dental practice providing service for the upcoming check-up if you want to use your electronic dental bonus booklet. The practice can then document the completed check-up.
Results and diagnoses from another practice can be useful for a check-up. In this case, you can allow the practice access to them; other health information you have not released to the dental practice remains inaccessible.
Important: Apart from you and the practice providing services, no one can view your electronic dental bonus booklet because all documents are end-to-end encrypted.
What is the basis for the electronic version of the dental bonus booklet?
Since 1989, everyone covered by statutory health insurance has been entitled to have their dental check-ups documented in a dental bonus booklet. Documenting these visits reduces the deductible amount should you require dentures. The dental bonus booklet was designed by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists (KZBV). The electronic dental bonus booklet is also based on these guidelines.
If you have any questions about the structure or use of the electronic dental bonus booklet, please contact your health insurance provider.
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