Reimbursement for the terminally ill

Updated 01 July 2016

Dying patients who choose to spend the last time in their own home or in a hospice should not be left in a worse position than patients remaining hospitalised.

Therefore, they get all medicine for free when they have been granted a reimbursement for the terminally ill by the Danish Medicines Agency.

Application

The doctor can apply for full reimbursement for prescription medicine if the patient is dying and the doctor's prognosis is a short life expectancy, typically from a few weeks to a few months, and if hospital treatment with a view to curing the patient is futile.

Reimbursement for the terminally ill is granted for a period of one year. Consequently, the doctor must inform the Danish Medicines Agency if the patient, contrary to expectations, is getting better and no longer meets the requirements for the reimbursement grant.

If the patient meets the requirements for reimbursement for the terminally ill after one year, the doctor can apply for a new licence.

Reply

We reply to applications for reimbursement for the terminally ill within 1-2 days.

The patient then receives a letter with the reimbursement grant. Simultaneously, the reimbursement is registered in CTR - the Central Reimbursement Register, so that pharmacies can see that the patient is entitled to be given all of his/her prescription medicine for free.

Retrospective effect

Reimbursement for the terminally ill is granted with retrospective effect from 4 days before we received the application. In special cases where a doctor has not applied for reimbursement for the terminally ill at the time when the person was dying, we can grant the reimbursement with retrospective effect from 3 months before we received the application. In case the patient is declared dead by the doctor at the time of the application, we can grant the reimbursement with retrospective effect from 6 months before we received the application.

How does reimbursement for the terminally ill work?

Reimbursement for dying people (reimbursement for the terminally ill) means that patients get all medicines they have been prescribed for free.

What does reimbursement for the terminally ill cover?

All medicines prescribed by a doctor on prescription, regardless whether the medicine is usually eligible for reimbursement.

Reimbursement for the terminally ill does not cover expenses for auxiliaries or nutritional products. However, you can apply to your municipality for reimbursement for that.

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