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Reduction of reimbursement for the clinical laboratory by 15% in Belgium
In November 2023, INAMI-RIZIV announced the budget reduction for reimbursement of clinical laboratory services by 15% from January 2024. INAMI-RIZIV estimates to free €223 million, which will be reallocated to other projects in health care. This change is part of the broader Hospital Reform.
Laboratories will be reimbursed at 85% of the current amount for the same services. INAMI-RIZIV considers this reimbursement sufficient, as analysis of accounting data shows a significant margin in clinical biology exams. If improved techniques allow health care to progress, it also makes it possible to reduce the cost of laboratory analyses. The reduction will not impact molecular biological and genetic testing.
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