Brazil’s National Agency for Supplementary Health (ANS) ended limitations on the number of consultations and sessions with psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists for beneficiaries of medical plans with any disease or clinical health condition, such as Down syndrome, schizophrenia, and cerebral palsy (as listed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new normative resolution was published in the Diário Ofcialda União (Official Federal Gazette) and came into force on August 1st, 2022.
According to the ANS, the goal is to promote equal rights for users of supplementary healthcare and standardize procedural formats currently guaranteed to these professional categories.
Therefore, the Guidelines for Use (conditions required for certain coverage) for consultations and sessions have been excluded, and care with psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists will now consider the assistant physician’s prescription.
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