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A new reimbursement for remote medical consultations will be introduced in August 2022 in Belgium
On June 17, 2022, INAMI announced the launch of a new reimbursement framework for remote medical consultations from August 01, 2022. The reimbursement for remote consultations was first introduced during the COVID-19 crisis via "teleconsultation" codes, which will now be terminated and replaced by other Nomenclature codes for telephone and video consultations. Physicians will receive a higher fee for video consultations.
The number of remote consultations reimbursed will not be limited in this new framework. However, INAMI and its partners assume that these remote consultations can only be a complement to traditional consultations with personal contact and a physical examination.
The following conditions should be met to receive reimbursement:
- This must be a consultation with a doctor who consulted this patient before, with a specialist to whom another doctor has referred the patient, or with general practice on-call;
- Remote consultation is requested from the patient and agreed upon by the doctor;
- The doctor must have access to the patient's file during the consultation;
- The platform used for a video consultation must be secure and comply with good practices in this area. The exchanges will, for example, be encrypted "end-to-end" and never recorded on the platform.
The discussion about integrating telecare into the Nomenclature for other health care professions is also continuing.
See the full details in French and Dutch here
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