Basic insurance may include prevention

19th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 June 2007, DIEMEN - Treatments that can reduce the chance of chronic illnesses may be included in the basic insurance package in future. The Health Care Insurance Board (CVZ) will advise Public Health Minister Ab Klink on this possibility in July.

19 June 2007

DIEMEN  - Treatments that can reduce the chance of chronic illnesses may be included in the basic insurance package in future. The Health Care Insurance Board (CVZ) will advise Public Health Minister Ab Klink on this possibility in July.

The board is investigating the whether preventative treatment can be reimbursed under the current health insurance legislation, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The CVZ does not yet want to talk about concrete reimbursements. But if the minister were to follow a recommendation to this effect, people suffering from overweight could for instance be able to have weight loss programmes covered by insurance.

The board is examining whether the law offers this kind of scope. In the long term preventative treatment lowers the costs of health care, the board says. Insurers do not usually cover the costs of preventative treatment at the moment because this would lead to higher premiums.

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