Dose dispensing is a service by which a pharmacy or hospital pharmacy breaks down into single doses the medicines you regularly use and then delivers them to you.
You will usually receive a two weeks’ supply of the medicine. This means that you will not be left with a large number of unused medicines if your medication is changed.
The dose dispensing service starts after your doctor has agreed on it with you.
Reimbursements for dose-dispensed medicines
Reimbursements from Kela are available for dose-dispensed medicines in the same way as all other medicines.
The pharmacy adds a dispensing fee to the price of all medicines. For dose-dispensed medicines, the dispensing fee is EUR 0.20 per week. If you get a reimbursement for the medicine, you will also get a reimbursement for the dispensing fee.
Reimbursements for the dose-dispensing fee
Kela can reimburse you for the dose-dispensing fee if
- you have reached age 75
- you have at least 6 reimbursable medicines that are suitable for dose dispensing when the dose dispensing starts
- a doctor has checked that you are not taking any incompatible or redundant medicines
- a doctor has found dose dispensing necessary and has marked your prescription accordingly
Pharmacies are free to price their dose-dispensing services.
Kela reimburses 40% of the dose-dispensing fee charged by the pharmacy. However, the maximum amount of reimbursement is EUR 1.26 a week. The reimbursement is usually provided to you directly at the pharmacy.
The part of the dose-dispensing fee that you have to pay does not count towards the initial deductible or the annual maximum limit on out-of-pocket costs. Additional reimbursement is also not available for it.
Kela does not provide reimbursements for dose dispensing arranged by the wellbeing service counties.