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3 tips for dealing with long-term illness in Belgium

Of course, a long-term illness puts a strain on you and those around you, and the best thing to do is make things as easy and stress-free as possible for everyone. If you have already spoken to your GP back home and are still planning on moving to Belgium, there are a few things to take into consideration.

Make sure your Belgian insurance fund covers you

Depending on what condition you are suffering from, if your fund doesn’t cover you, you could be in line for some very expensive treatment. Before joining, ensure that medical care for your illness is eligible to be reimbursed, and make sure you get this in writing and keep it in a very safe place.

Check about generic medication

A lot of Belgian chemists now use generic tablets and medicine rather than the branded ones. If you are unable to use these and need a specific type, then again, discuss with your health fund whether this would be covered. Medical prescriptions must be paid for on collection and the chemist issues a receipt for reimbursement purposes.

Seek advice

There are plenty of organisations in Belgium who will be able to discuss your personal situation in greater detail and who can point you in the right direction and find others who might be in a similar position. Don’t forget to look at The Bulletin Q and A Forum to source further specific information.

  • The Foundation Against Cancer has an English speaking contact ready to help
  • WE CARE is an English-speaking support group for women with cancer 02.757.06.21, email
  • Aide Info SIDA provides information on AIDS
  • Diabetes Liga is an association providing tips and advice for diabetes sufferers. The website is in Dutch, but they will be able to put you in touch with local support groups.

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RB

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