Doctors need a special form to prescribe physiotherapy for children and young people in accordance with the guidelines of the Swiss Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists.
A prescription form filled out in detail leads to health insurance companies recognising the extent of the treatment and thus reducing the demand. This helps to reduce administrative work.
The prescription form is specially designed for child physiotherapy.
The tariff structure includes session fees and surcharge items. The billing of items 7311 (complex movement therapy) and 7351 (additional item for the treatment of chronically disabled children) may lead to discussions with the health insurance companies. A precisely filled out prescription form facilitates settlement with the insurers. For the treatment of children, it is usually justified to settle the flat-rate session fee for an elaborate (complex) therapy. The difficulty lies in taking into account factors such as age and stage of development. Parents must learn and practise correct handling under therapeutic guidance. The exercise programme is taught to both the children and the parents and is constantly adapted to the current level of development. The time required is therefore considerable, but cannot be invoiced without problems under the current collective agreement. Additional item 7351 is intended for the treatment of chronically disabled children. Many children who are referred to us for therapy are at risk of developing a chronic disability. Sometimes this can only be confirmed after years of observation of the course of development. The effort made up to that point, however, is the same both in the case of unsubstantiated suspicion as the actual presence of the chronic disability.