In this glossary article we explain everything you need to know about something that can seem a little strange if you’re not German: the GOT-Satz.
GOT stands for Gebührenordnung für Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte, or fee scale for veterinarians. Satz in this context means ‘rate’, not sentence.
The GOT-Satz is set by the Bundestierärztekammer, or German Federal Veterinary Association, and is considered bundesweit gültigen Rechtvorschrift, meaning it is a legal regulation that is valid nationwide. The GOT-Satz sets prices for veterinary services at a national level. It does not include prices for materials or medications, just the vet services themselves, i.e. the cost of your veterinarian’s labour.
The GOT-Satz exists to decrease competition amongst vets and avoid Dumpingpreise, or unfairly discounted rates.
It also ensures a certain level of quality control, i.e. it requires vet clinics across the country to maintain a certain level of hygiene, disinfection, equipment and training of personnel.
It can also be a great source of transparent info for pet owners and those who are considering getting a pet.
The GOT-Satz is calculated based on:
The GOT-Satz can be anywhere between 1-facher Satz and 4-facher Satz.
1-facher Satz is the minimum price that can be charged for a procedure. You may also see it referred to as the einfacher Satz, or basic rate. 2-facher is two times the basic rate, 3-facher is three times the basic rate, and 4-facher is–you guessed it–four times the basic rate.
Vets can also charge a ‘1,2’ or a ‘2,4’ Satz, or rate (remember, German numbers use a full stop instead of a period, so 1,2 in Germany is the same as 1.2 in the UK, for example). But they cannot charge below 1-facher Satz.
A written explanation is necessary if charges exceed 3-facher Satz, and pet owners must consent to the treatment before it is implemented. In emergencies, vets are allowed to charge 4-facher Satz.
Here are some examples. Note that these are non-binding rough estimates. Ask your vet to be sure!
Yes. All changes to the GOT-Satz are made by the Bundestierärztekammer and require extensive negotiations.
The latest change was in November 2022 and included price increases. On average, costs are 25% higher than in the beginning of 2022, with prices for some services costing even more.
Previously, the most recent changes had been made in 1999.
Insurance that covers up to 3-fach should take care of most treatments and situations. However, 4-fach emergencies unfortunately do happen, and when they do they can be exorbitantly expensive.
Getsafe’s pet health insurance covers up to 4-fach, so your furry friend is always taken care of.