Weight blanket on prescription – does the health insurance company cover the costs?

For some sufferers, the use of the weight blanket is an important measure to combat sleep disorders. The special blanket helps with anxiety disorders and has a calming effect . Without this aid you can hardly think about sleep and therefore it is considered indispensable.

With a price of over 50 €, a therapy blanket is a cost that cannot always be handled alone. Because normally in Germany medical costs of the health insurance are taken, one would also in this case reimbursement interesting for you.

Can you have the cost of a weight blanket reimbursed by your health insurance company?

On a personal level, the effect of the weighted blankets is undisputed. They help you or your child to fall asleep and finally ensure quiet nights again.

For statutory health insurance companies, however, the assumption of costs is subject to strict rules. There is a fixed catalog of therapies and aids, the costs of which are covered.

According to the Barmer health insurance company, the effect of the weight blanket has not yet been sufficiently scientifically proven.

“Neither the direct effect on the superficial and deeper receptors nor the indirect influence on body perception and / or sleep behavior have been sufficiently scientifically proven. In this respect, BARMER is not allowed to cover the costs for a weighted blanket. ”

Barmer health insurance

Due to this regulation, a general assumption of the costs for such therapy blankets is not possible. This may be devastating, but it draws clear boundaries so that statutory health insurances only support proven therapies and the costs remain within a regulated framework. Otherwise, the health insurances could freely dispose of the insured’s payments and spend them on dubious therapies.


A general assumption of the cost of the weight blankets by the health insurance company is not intended. In individual cases, you can still submit an application to receive a grant or to have the full price reimbursed.

To do this, you have to present proof to the health insurance company that the therapy blanket is absolutely necessary. This is the case, for example, if you suffer from insomnia and cannot go to sleep without the weight blanket. The therapy blankets are also considered indispensable for people with autism or other serious anxiety disorders.

Contact your doctor and explain your symptoms to him. They will possibly refer you to a specialist who will deal with your complaints in more detail. If you suggest your clinical picture, they will certainly agree that the special blanket is indispensable for you . You will receive a corresponding form and submit an application to both health insurers.

Unfortunately, this still does not guarantee that the costs will be covered. Not every health insurance company agrees to this application. However, it is worth a try and if the costs are covered at least to a certain extent, the effort has been worth it for you.


If there are other costs in addition to the therapy blanket as part of the illness, it could be worthwhile to deduct these from the tax in the form of extraordinary burdens. This includes costs for remedies and aids that are absolutely necessary.

Whether the costs are deductible depends on the available income and the corresponding expenses. It is worth asking the tax office whether tax deductibility is possible in this case.

Medical confirmation is also required here. If the extra weight helps you sleep, it makes sense to obtain such a certificate.


It is currently difficult in Germany to convince the health insurance company that blankets with additional weight are indispensable for their own health. There is no scientific study that shows its effectiveness. This is why most health insurances are reluctant to cover the costs.

Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to see your doctor and get confirmation that you absolutely need the blanket. The pressure helps you to reduce stress and alleviates anxiety disorders.

With the help of a corresponding application, a share may be subsidized. This reduces your financial burden and you can sleep a little more relaxed.

Unfortunately, without scientific evidence, the situation is completely different to encasings , which are provided by health insurance companies on prescription . We can only hope that the situation will change in the future in order to make it easier for those affected to access this aid.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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