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Recently, one of our patients told us about the lack of information on our website regarding the reimbursement of our care.

To remedy this, here are three things you need to know about it:


1) Basic insurance does not recognize podiatrists as care providers, not if you are diabetic or otherwise at risk of developing foot complications (chemo, dialysis, transplant, multiple sclerosis, arterial insufficiency etc.), nor even if your doctor writes you a prescription. Of course, this is not logical, but that's the way it is now.


2) In order to have a chance of being reimbursed for your podiatric treatment by the complementary insurance, you must have a medical prescription specifying why you need it. Make sure your doctor has written "podiatrist" on the prescription, not "pedicurist". There is a lot of confusion about these two terms. Depending on your health and the needs of your feet, it is important to distinguish between these two terms:


The term "podiatrist" (or "pedicurist-podiatrist" depending on the township) refers to health care professionals who:


Have completed three years of training at the Geneva School of Chiropody, or deemed equivalent, and who regularly attend continuing education
Have a right to practice issued by the cantonal medical service
Use sterilized instruments according to the hygiene standards in force (which generates a certain cost, taken into account in the tariff of the podiatrists)

The term "pedicurist" is not (any more) protected by the law. Today (since 2012 in the canton of Geneva, unless I'm mistaken) this term only refers to aesthetic treatments offered in beauty and wellness institutes. When you see offers of manicure and pedicure in nail shops and hair salons, you should know that it is not a "medical pedicure" as it was called in the past, but an "aesthetic pedicure". The law requires sterilization of any instrument that could cross the skin barrier.


3) To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you should ask your complementary insurance company directly. Their standard answer is: "We do not reimburse podiatrists. If you want to be reimbursed, you must be treated by a nurse". The problem is that only podiatrists are specifically trained (3 year full time graduate school) to detect, prevent and treat the wide range of conditions affecting the nails and skin of the feet. Again, this is not logical, but for now it is the way it is.