What is phlebology?
The specialism of phlebology focuses on venous diseases. These are diseases affecting the veins (circulatory system). This specialism deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the venous system, including varicose veins.
Varicose vein treatment helps symptoms such as painful, tired legs and fluid accumulation due to varicose veins. The treatment also prevents damage to healthy veins. Treatments vary from intervention with injections to operative removal of varicose veins.
Phlebology in a nutshell
- Phlebology is the specialism that deals with diagnosing and treating varicose veins.
- You can come to DC Klinieken for a variety of treatments, such as varicose vein surgery.
- Our waiting lists are short, so operative treatment usually takes place within a few weeks.
Phlebology at DC Klinieken
There are various reasons why you may seek treatment for your varicose veins: for medical reasons, for example because you experience daily discomfort such as cramps or painful spots in your legs, or for cosmetic reasons because the condition doesn’t make your legs look good.
You can come to DC Klinieken for a variety of treatments, such as:
- Sclerotherapy: removal of varicose veins using compression;
- Foam sclerotherapy: removal of varicose veins using injections;
- Varicose vein surgery: removal of varicose veins by means of an operation or VNUS;
- Laser therapy: laser removal of superficial varicose veins.
The specialists at DC Klinieken will test for these conditions using a variety of techniques, under anaesthesia when needed.
Before the first appointment with the treating physician a duplex ultrasound is sometimes made of the veins. This test is done to chart the course and functioning of your veins. Using the information from the first appointment, the treating physician can set up a detailed and thorough treatment plan.
If surgery is necessary, it can be done as outpatient treatment. Your medical history will be discussed beforehand. You will also receive information on how to prepare for the intervention. Our waiting lists are short, so operative treatment usually takes place within a few weeks.
Not all varicose vein treatments are covered by health insurance. If there is a medical indication (CEAP class>3), treatment is covered in most cases. Whether you are eligible for full or partial coverage of this type of care will depend on your health insurer and policy.
You will need a referral to make an appointment for phlebology.
Make an appointment
Do you want to make an appointment for the phlebology consultation hours? You can do this via the website or by telephone. Important: you will first need a referral from your GP or specialist.
You can call us at the following times:
Do you have to cancel unexpectedly? You must cancel your appointment no later than 24 hours in advance. If you miss the appointment or cancel too late, you will be charged.
Do I need a referral from my general practitioner?
You will need a referral from your GP or attending physician for all treatments within the basic insurance before you can make an appointment with us. This referral is required in order for the costs to be reimbursed by your healthcare insurer. Under the tab ‘Practical information’ (Praktische informatie) on each examination page you can check whether you will need a referral.
What does ‘compulsory excess’ mean for my situation?
Do you choose a treatment with us that is covered by the basic insurance? In that case there is a compulsory excess. In 2020 you will have a standard excess of €385 if you are 18 years of age or older. You have to settle this amount with your health insurer. All healthcare institutions have a compulsory excess; this does not only apply to DC Klinieken.
What happens if DC Klinieken does not have a contract with my healthcare insurer?
We have contracts with all health care insurers, but not all health care has been contracted. In most cases your health care will still be reimbursed. We do work with a ‘compensation scheme’. What does that mean? You submit our invoice to your healthcare insurer. You will then only pay us the amount that you get reimbursed.
You may also choose to sign an authorisation (‘deed of assignment’). With this authorisation we will take care of the financial aspects. We will then submit the invoice to your health care insurer and they will pay us.
An MRI scan is not covered by the compensation scheme. We have made specific arrangements with the health care insurers for MRI scans.
Are you insured with Menzis and attending the DC Klinieken for pain relief? In that case, this care is not covered by the compensation scheme. Depending on your policy, Menzis reimburses 60% to 80% of the current market rates. You will have to pay the difference yourself. Menzis stipulates the rate. Please contact Menzis for more information regarding these rates.
What happens in case my treatment is not reimbursed?
In some cases you will have to (partially) pay the costs for a treatment yourself. This depends on your healthcare insurer and your policy. Please see the costs of your treatment on the page Overview of rates.
Will my treatment at the DC Klinieken be reimbursed?
DC Klinieken has contracts with all healthcare insurers for 2020. This means that all treatments within the basic insurance will be reimbursed. However, do bear in mind your excess. There are also treatments that might be reimbursed by your supplementary insurance. Read your supplementary policy to find out whether this is the case.
Which treatments have conditions attached?
Some care, such as plastic surgery, will be reimbursed by your health insurer in case of a ‘medical indication’. This means that there has to be a medical necessity to undergo this treatment. Are you unsure whether this applies to your situation? Please read your healthcare insurance policy or contact us.
Where can I find more information?
Do you still have questions about the costs of care in DC Klinieken or reimbursements from your healthcare insurer? If so, please contact us by 088 0100 936 (accounts and collection department). We will be happy to help you.
You can also make an appointment by phone. Please call our Service- and Information Center via 088 0100 900.