Reimbursement of speech therapy or psychologists – a long lasting battle

It goes without saying that if one needs a speech therapist or a psychologist a native speaker would be preferable. However, not all of them are registered in the place of employment (Belgium, Luxembourg  etc.). Until recently, it has been a great issue for many colleagues to get those services reimbursed from the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) if the service provider would  issue foreign invoices indicating the place of service the place of employment or who would  not be registered in the place of employment.

Generation 2004 is happy to announce that the long-lasting efforts to change the situation of our representative in the CGAM (Management Committee for the Joint Sickness and Insurance scheme) are paying off. The Bureau of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) decided finally that in the case of a professionally qualified and legally recognised practitioner in one of the Member State coming to eg. Brussels to provide services reimbursement will be made providing that:

  • a correct prescription for the treatment is provided;
  • an invoice is issued in accordance to the law of that Member State.

The same principles would apply for other practitioners where language is of significant relevance to the treatment.

In addition, the long lasting problem related to the INAMI (Institut national d’assurance maladie-invalidité) recognition in Belgium seems also to be solved. Similar process is also taking place in other sites. JSIS finally acknowledged that it is practically impossible for some professions to be recognised locally (like speech therapist who would have to study again their profession and master the official language(s)). Therefore, it will be not anymore mandatory to be recognized by the INAMI to get reimbursement. It is sufficient to register your present in the respective system in Belgium (for other sites JSIS is still in the process to clarify the procedure).

In addition, it is also possible to have your sessions via skypa, whatsup and other media reimbursed.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our expert Łukasz.

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