Red, blue, yellow or green: recipes are not forever

Red, blue, yellow or green: The prescriptions and regulations issued by the doctor in the four different color codes each have a different meaning and only a limited "durability", which is quite different. As a rule, a maximum of three medicines may be prescribed per prescription.

Different colors characterize the recipes

  • The red box receipt (with red color on white paper) is the most common. It is called "box-office prescription" because the prescribed medicines are reimbursed by the legal health insurance companies. This recipe is valid for four weeks from the date of issue.
  • The blue private recipe will initially receive private insurance. You can redeem it up to three months after the issue. Legally insured persons also get a blue prescription if the prescribed product does not belong to the range of benefits of the statutory health insurance and they therefore have to pay for it themselves in full.
  • Narcotics or strong analgesics are prescribed on a yellow prescription, the regulation of which is subject to strict conditions and regulations. It must be redeemed seven days after issue, otherwise the regulation expires.
  • The "green recipe" is a peculiarity: It is only a recommendation of the doctor for over-the-counter medicines. They must always be paid out of pocket. The green recipe is unlimited and can contain any number of medications. It primarily serves as a reminder for the patient.

What information must be on the recipe?

The following information may not be missing on your cash register recipe:

  • health insurance name
  • Name, address, date of birth of the person for whom the prescription was issued
  • at BKK also the employer, the number of the health insurance, the insured and the contract doctor
  • Key figure for the status of the insured (eg employee) Validity period and date of issue
  • Name, field (s) and address of the doctor, signature
  • the possible indication of exemption from prescription fees
  • Active substance, dosage and pharmaceutical form or name of the medicinal product if the doctor has ticked the box "Aut idem".
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