On Tuesday the newspaper Le Specialiste reported that four hospitals in Wallonia and six in Brussels have been ordered to repay € 2.3 million to the National Sickness and Disability Insurance Institute (Inami) because they deviated from the national expenditure average calculated by the ‘prospective pricing’ system. No Flemish hospital has been sanctioned. Established in 2002, the objective of this pricing system is to harmonize the practices of medical providers in hospitals for relatively routine medical or surgical conditions.
The total amount to be repaid has decreased by 1.1 million euros compared to 2013 due to fewer hospitals being sanctioned (19 in 2013), reported Le Specialiste.The six hospitals in Brussels have been ordered to reimburse 253,016 euros whereas the hospitals in Wallonia have been ordered to pay back 202,817 euros.
Of the 2.3 million euros to repay approximately 600,000 are for medical imaging, 440,000 for clinical biology and 1.2 million for technical services.
Of the ten hospitals sanctioned, six are private and four public.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)