Psychotherapy to be covered by basic Swiss medical insurance

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From 1 July 2022, psychotherapy provided by trained psychologists shall be reimbursed under Switzerland’s basic compulsory medical insurance, reported RTS.

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To qualify for reimbursement the service will must be prescribed by a health care provider and meet certain conditions. Prices for the service haven’t been set. The federal government and cantons still must work out a price for reimbursable services. Within the meantime, a provisional rate of CHF 154.80 will apply until 31 December 2024.

As well as, there shall be limits on the variety of sessions which can be covered. A prescription will allow as much as 15 with the opportunity of a second prescription for an additional 15. After 30 sessions a report will must be made to the insurance company’s advisory doctor with a cap of 40 sessions.

Currently, psychotherapy will not be reimbursed unless it’s provided by a psychiatrist or a psychiatric practice of approved status.

The change comes because the World Health Organisation publishes its latest report on the state of mental health globally. In accordance with the report nearly 1 billion were were living with a mental health disorder in 2019. Globally, around 70% of those affected by psychosis haven’t any access to any mental healthcare, said the report.

In accordance with the Federal Council the change is predicted to cost CHF 100 million a 12 months with the opportunity of rising to CHF 170 million. No information was provided on how the additional costs can be funded. Not withstanding cost savings in other areas, extra cash will probably need to return from higher premiums or taxes. Wondering easy methods to pay the price of upper premiums and taxes can only add to anxiety.

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