On Monday, the Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) announced that patients affected by the so-called Long Covid will now have their neuropsychological care by reimbursed by insurance companies.
One in 10 of those suffering from Covid-19 stay unwell for 12 weeks after their initial infection – a phenomenon the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called Long Covid. Recent figures published by medical insurance companies showed that around 6,000 Belgians were unable to work for at least three months in 2021 due to Long Covid.
To that end, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) announced on Monday that from 1 December onwards, neuropsychological care will be included in the list of reimbursed health costs by the Belgian State.
This will further help those suffering from Long Covid who find themselves affected by concentration and memory issues.
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As a result, patients suffering from Long Covid have been able to benefit from a treatment plan since last summer, which has been elaborated by their attending physician.
This included the reimbursement of possible treatments by physiotherapists, speech therapists or psychologists.