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Health apps reimbursement process updated in Belgium
In July 2023, Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) significantly updated the process to obtain reimbursement for health apps (“application mobile médicale”) following a joint revision of the existing process with other stakeholders.
The key changes in the process are that more stakeholders can submit an application to INAMI-RIZIV for temporary or permanent reimbursement, including industry (manufacturer or distributor companies), hospitals, and scientific/professional societies. New application forms are now available depending on the applicant and requested reimbursement (temporary or permanent). Temporary reimbursement can be provided for innovative technologies, which need to collect more evidence, for several years (typically three), with subsequent decision-making on permanent reimbursement.
The new process will come into force on October 1, 2023.
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