As of Wednesday 1 February, patients will receive reimbursement for psychotherapy sessions.

The rate has been set at €144 per hour. Adults will receive a reimbursement of  70% from the CNS; children below the age of 18 will be reimbursed 100%. The patient will be able to see a psychotherapist up to three times before having to meet with a doctor.

The doctor will then check whether there are any contraindications to psychotherapy, i.e., whether the patient has any illnesses that should be treated first.

If there are no contraindications, the patient may be prescribed one or two sets of 12 sessions, depending on what the psychotherapist deems appropriate. If the therapy is not completed after 24 sessions, the patient will have to return to the doctor to determine whether there is still a somatic problem.

A therapy can be extended up to five times, meaning that a patient can be reimbursed for up to 147 sessions over ten years.