Digital health solutions have tried to enter the reimbursement market in EU countries since the beginning of the app economy. Getting reimbursed is mandatory for any digital health company that wants to reach a significant size in Europe as 85% of all medical expenses are covered by health plans or government institutions.
Germany is the first country to set up a standardized reimbursement process for digital health apps (DiGA). Since its start in September 2020, 33 digital health apps have made it onto the list. Other countries followed or will follow.
The whitepaper describes and analyzes the current status of standardized reimbursement processes incl. DiGA (Germany), mHealth Pyramid (Belgium) and the approach in France.
Based on the learnings from the existing reimbursement processes, the whitepaper examines the challenges digital health companies face when entering a standardized reimbursement process.
In the next 2-3 years, the vast majority of digital health solutions in Europe will not be able to benefit from business models that are based on reimbursement. Companies must have other market channels in their roadmap to fill the gap. Online channels and partnerships seem to be more promising options.
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