Heart patients who have undergone a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or cardioverter defibrillator implant, and patients with type 2 or type 3 heart failure or an LVEF lower than 35% are entitled to rehabilitative exercise services for four months as part of the healthcare basket. The program includes limited physical activity under close supervision from a cardiologist, stress test, relaxation and stress reduction, as well as lectures on proper nutrition and risk factors.
Who is Eligible?
- Heart patients who have undergone a heart attack.
- Heart patients who have undergone coronary bypass surgery.
- Heart patients who have undergone a cardioverter defibrillator implant.
- Patients with type 2 or type 3 heart failure.
- Patients with an LVEF lower than 35%
How to Claim It?
- For information on claiming rehabilitation services after a cardiac event, see: Rehabilitation After a Cardiac Event.
- At all times, when performing physical rehabilitation activities in a center for cardiac patient rehabilitation, a nurse, as well as a physical education instructor, physical therapist or specialist in rehabilitative physical exercise must be present. Additionally, a physician must always be present or immediately available to all centers in which cardiac patients undergo rehabilitative exercise regimens.
- The health plans offer an extension of the services to nine months. Patients should contact their health plan to clarify which rehabilitation services are provided and how to receive convalescent and rehabilitation services:
- Patients who claim that they are not receiving the rehabilitation services to which they are entitled according to the National Health Insurance Law are entitled to submit a complaint to the Ministry of Health's National Health Insurance Law ombudsman.
- Patients may also submit a complaint to the health plan ombudsman.