It isn't easy to stop smoking. Personal motivation is key in order to kick the habit. Success rates tend to be low among people who just try by themselves. Chances are higher with a doctor's guidance and support.
Within the scope of the tobacco cessation programme, the global success rate between 2009 and 2011 reached 30%.
Any smoker who is a member of the Luxembourg National Health Fund (CNS) or a competent public sector fund in Luxembourg can take part in the « tobacco cessation programme » provided by the Ministry of Health and the CNS.
This tobacco cessation programme includes regular consultations with your own doctor over a period of 8 months. Special medications are prescribed for the duration of the programme, if necessary. To enrol, you will need to have an informed consent form signed during the first consultation in the presence of the attending physician.
Reimbursement of costs
Terms and rates of coverage
The « tobacco cessation programme », conducted by the Ministry of Health and the CNS, provides for the following:
- If during the first consultation, the doctor bills the code E40, the CNS reimbursement is 100%. The patient needs to send the medical bill directly to the CNS for reimbursement.
- During the last consultation at 8 months, the doctor bills the code E45, which is also reimbursed at a rate of 100% by the CNS. This code is mandatory in order for the patient to claim reimbursement of the fixed price for medications.
- This medical bill E45 must be sent together with the invoices for the medications to the Health Directorate for validation. The documents will then be transmitted to the CNS for reimbursement.
The other medical consultations are reimbursed according to normal coverage rates. Regarding any medication prescribed as part of the tobacco cessation programme, participants are entitled to a 50% reimbursement at the end of the programme (the eighth month), with a maximum reimbursement of 100 €.
Are you interested? Talk to your doctor about it!
Contact at the Ministry of Health
Cost-free phone number: 8002 6767