Psychotherapy on doctor's orders: Information for patients
From July 1, 2022, psychotherapy carried out by cantonally approved psychological psychotherapists will be covered by basic insurance.
How does psychotherapy work?
Psychotherapy covered by basic insurance must be prescribed by a general practitioner, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist or a specialist in psychosomatic medicine. Each arrangement includes 15 sessions with a psychological psychotherapist. For an extension of the order, an exchange between the prescribing specialist and the psychotherapist is required. For more than 30 sessions, a psychiatric report is required, which is forwarded to the insurance company, which will reimburse the costs for the continuation of the psychotherapy. In crisis situations, an order for 10 psychotherapy sessions can be issued by board-certified individuals from any medical specialty.
Under this link you will find the official presrcription form for psychological psychotherapy. This form must be completed and signed by your doctor. Ideally, your psychotherapist will need this before the first therapy session so that the psycotherapy can be billed via your health insurance.
Psychotherapy is a treatment method that is used for most mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, burnout, sleeping and eating disorders, chronic fatigue, increased stress or chronic pain. Children and adolescents may need psychotherapeutic treatment because of sleep disorders, behavioral problems, relationship problems or difficulties at school. It can also be required in crisis situations, such as after traumatic events, with a new diagnosis or in life-threatening situations.
What is the aim of psychotherapy?
The aim of psychotherapy is the treatment of mental disorders and the restoration of mental balance as well as increasing the quality of life. It can affect impaired emotional development and intelligence, as well as support the ability to cope with the demands of daily life and maintain interpersonal relationships. Without professional guidance, these difficulties can have serious repercussions at school, in the workplace, and in the community.
Further information on the arrangement model can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health or the Federation of Swiss Psychologists