Epitheses and surgical reconstruction aids are therapeutic appliances. The costs are generally covered by health insurance funds or institutions for statutory accident insurance and prevention/pension funds. They are also to be prescribed as such. Therapeutic appliances are not reimbursed by the "Kassenärztliche Vereinigung" (Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians).

As the patient, you alone decide who should assist you with your treatment. You are free to choose an institute for surgical prosthetics and epithetics in the same way as you are free to choose which doctor, dentist or pharmacist to consult.

Treatments in sensitive fields such as epithetics should be based on trust.