Why do I need a Prescription?

The Society reimburses you for medical care prescribed by a doctor. The Society does not accept prescriptions issued by persons who are not recognized medical doctors, even though that may be current practice in some countries. In the absence of a prescription, no reimbursement for treatment or medication is payable.


In addition, prescriptions are valid for six months only for medical reasons, to encourage members to get regular medical check-ups. Repeat prescriptions and prescriptions for periods of over six months must be clearly identified as such by the prescribing doctor. In the event of a repeat prescription kindly submit the original to UNSMIS the first time and in subsequent claims please submit a photocopy and mention on the claim form that the original was already submitted. If the original is needed for treatment, then kindly explain this on the claim form and submit photocopies.


All bills for medical fees must be issued by the person or establishment providing the service or treatment, who in turn must be authorized by the relevant country authorities to provide that service. For example, the Society does not reimburse bills from fitness centres. Functional rehabilitation treatments are not reimbursed without a medical prescription. Acupuncture must be performed by a medical doctor.