Professional advice as an aid to losing weight. I would recommend that to anyone. A nutritionist, dietician, or weight consultant is just a little more knowledgeable than the newest diet guru who promises you miracles with his new book and strangely tasting shakes.

Many types of diets

I myself have regularly been tempted: the protein diet, twelve days of just meat and here and there a leaf of lettuce. The diet package, a box with shakes and bars. Who doesn’t know them: a challenge to keep this up for longer than 2 days. And of course, the 50% diet where you simply eat half of what you would normally eat, including half-filled cakes and half bags of paprika chips. Sometimes these diets had an effect, but most of the time I don’t keep them up, simply because they don’t fit into my daily life.

Reimbursement of dietary advice

Professional diet advice is, therefore, a solution. Help including nutritional advice that fits your lifestyle. No more crash diets, but healthy eating and losing weight quietly over a longer period. Ideal, but often a pricey ideal. That is why I searched the internet to check whether diet advice falls within the health insurance policy. This appears to be the case again since 2013.

After a short period in which dietary advice was no longer included in the basic insurance, the government decided to reimburse it. Indeed, every euro spent by society on professional dietary advice turned out to be repaid about 15 times. People need less care for the complications of being overweight. Three hours of dietary advice is reimbursed in each basic insurance.

Number of tips about reimbursement

Watch out. There are a number of conditions to this dietary advice from the basic insurance.

  • The advice must be given by a dietician, not by a nutritionist or weight consultant.
  • It is often important that the dietitian has a contract with your health care provider, otherwise, you may have to pay part of the costs yourself. So ask about that.
  • It is also about advice about diet and eating habits with a medical purpose. This usually means that you need a referral from your doctor.
  • Moreover, you must pay attention that the deductible applies. Dietary advice concerns care from basic insurance.

Additional insurance: no deductible

It is all quite complicated, but there are other options for getting dietary advice reimbursed. The additional insurance. Supplementary insurance policies are different for each health insurer, but a visit to the dietitian is often reimbursed. The advantage of care from an additional insurance policy is that you never pay a deductible excess. It is, therefore, worthwhile to look at the additional packages when taking out your 2015 health insurance policy.