If you have healthcare insurance coverage in Belgium, have received healthcare in another country of the European Union*, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and wish
- to be reimbursed according to the rules and rates of the compulsory health insurance system, or
- to make a claim for a ‘complementary Vanbraekel reimbursement’ or ‘complementary Herrera reimbursement’,
then, when you get back home, you must submit the invoices to your Belgian health insurance fund*.
In order for your health insurance fund* to be able to calculate the level of the reimbursement, it is important that the invoices from abroad contain as much information as possible, including, for example:
- the amount that you paid,
- a description of the healthcare you received (e.g. a medical report),
- data on the foreign healthcare provider*.
The more detailed the invoice, the easier it will be for your health insurance fund* to calculate the amount to be reimbursed.
Reimbursement of healthcare provided abroad depends on a number of conditions being met:
- the healthcare must be provided by a person who is legally authorised to exercise medicine in the country where the treatment was provided, or in a hospital which offers sufficient health-related guarantees or is recognised by the government of the country in which it is located, and
- you must have paid the costs by the time you submit the reimbursement claim, and
- the reimbursement conditions of the compulsory health insurance regime have to be met.
If you live in Cyprus*, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, or Norway,
Contact the health insurance fund* and/or the National Contact Point in your home country.
* cf. Glossary