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E-prescriptions in Germany: Expected launch date and what you need to know

E-prescriptions in Germany: Expected launch date and what you need to know

Guides to living in Germany. E-prescriptions in Germany. Germany’s massive project of introducing e-prescriptions is taking a step forward with some regions rolling out the new digital prescriptions as soon as September 1st. Here is all you need to know about the system.

What are e-prescriptions in Germany?

Germany is moving towards the introduction of e-prescription also known as “e-Rezept”, in a step towards the building of a more digital healthcare system. Patients will be able to receive prescriptions from their doctors via a QR code sent to a secure app, which can then be digitally forwarded to a pharmacy.

E-prescriptions are being introduced by the Federal Ministry of Health so that medicine treatment becomes safer, simplify the process at doctors offices and pharmacies and a stop to paperwork at healthcare systems.

This means people who have video consultations from home will no longer have to come to the doctor in person to pick their prescription, but instead can have it sent directly to the pharmacy of their choice.

E-prescription can also be paired with other apps on your phone, for example, a reminder to take medicine, or create a medication plan that automatically checks interactions between different medications, to make sure that prescriptions are compatible with each other. 

When is the launch of e-prescription expected in Germany?

The plan for e-prescription was created back in 2020, with the expectation of the system becoming mandatory by 2022 but the process has been slow.

However under the new health minister, the e-prescription is expected to begin in September 2022 with a rollout in Schleswig-Holstein and the Westphalia-Lippe region of North Rhine-Westphalia. So long as the initial rollout is successful, more Federal states will follow in December and more in 2023.

From September, pharmacies nationwide will be asked to accept digital prescriptions, but doctors are not to issue e-prescriptions until their region is included in the rollout.

How will e-prescriptions in Germany work?

When following a consultation with your doctor either in person or via video call, you will receive a digital prescription containing a QR code. You can send this digitally to a pharmacy of your choice via the app, and you will receive a notification when your medication is ready to collect. You may also ask for a printout and take it in person to the pharmacy.

E-prescription do not require a doctors signature because they are digitally signed. This method should save time, effort and lots of paperwork.

Source: I am expat