Both Physiotherapists and health insurers are under pressure. If both parties stick to their own interests, there is a real risk of losing affordable and accessible high-quality physiotherapy. The opposing interests stand in the way of innovations in physiotherapy. There is potentially a lot of gains for the patient, health insurers and physiotherapists to be gained by looking for common interests. And there are indeed:
Developing good instruments for measuring the outcome of physiotherapy treatments. This makes it possible to objectively demonstrate the added value of physiotherapy and improve the quality of care where possible.
Make agreements about more income security for the physical therapist, with fewer incentives to increase production. This can be done, for example, by splitting the fee into a subscription and a price per appointment.
Taking into account the conflicting interests, insurers and physiotherapists can come to a joint approach to further increase the added value of physiotherapy. Together they must explore the preconditions for this approach. In this way, the role of Physiotherapists in the health care system can be strengthened and the efficiency of care can be further improved. The new administrative agreements are a great first step towards this.