Rehabilitation after COVID-19: options available


2022 04 27


5 thousand – this is the number of people, recovered from the coronavirus, who benefited from the rehabilitation services, covered from the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) last year, states the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

‘CHIF funds can be used for inpatient, outpatient and psychosocial rehabilitation services for people, recovered from COVID-19. Last year, such patients received more than 2 thousand outpatient and 3.5 inpatient rehabilitation services. The cost was nearly 4 million Eur from the CHIF.’ says Rimantė Venclovienė, Head Expert of the Services Management Division.

She says that it’s very important that the patients feeling side effects after coronavirus see a doctor without delay. Rehabilitation services are available only within an established time frame.

Medical rehabilitation can be prescribed for patients, whose COVID-19 cases resulted in pneumonia or post-Covid syndrome with residual effects no later than in 3 months after hospital treatment. This applies, e.g. for people with dyspnoea, fatigue, weakness, pain syndrome, and other persisting symptoms.

Meanwhile, patients that experience post-Covid syndrome with residual neuropsychiatric symptoms, can apply for medical or psychosocial rehabilitation, reimbursed from the CHIF funds, no later than in half a year after discharge from the hospital. The symptoms include fatigue, sleep disorders, weakened ability to focus, impaired memory, etc. This also applies for people with severe disruptions in activities, behaviour, and social adaptation.

In all cases, patients seeking for rehabilitation services, reimbursed from the CHIF funds, should address their family doctor or a treating physician, if he patient is still in hospital. If needed, they will prescribe a referral to a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor or psychiatrist. These experts will assess the degree and severity of the patient's biopsychosocial dysfunction, make the decision regarding the need for rehabilitation and inform the patient of the further course of treatment. The type of medical assistance, needed by a patient in each specific case, can be determined only by a doctor.’ emphasizes Venclovienė.

NHIF is kindly reminding that patients are free to choose the most convenient institution for inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services. However, to have the services covered from the CHIF funds, it’s important to make sure that the rehabilitation institution has an agreement with a territorial NHIF. An interactive search engine for all Lithuanian health care institutions and the services they provide is available here.

More information on medical rehabilitation is available here.

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