Will I be examined before engaging in sports?
As a rule, yes.
All patients who would like to take part in our exercise programs are examined beforehand so that their training can be appropriately planned and their physical condition can be ascertained. The preliminary examination is carried out in cooperation between the Department of Medical Oncology and the Department of Sports Medicine. You will receive more detailed information after you have registered at our coordination office.
Do I have to pay for the training or the counseling?
As a rule, the training and counseling is free.
To cover the costs at least partially, we try whenever possible to receive reimbursement for rehab sports from health insurers. This is done in cooperation with the "Vereinsabteilung für integrative Sport- und Bewegungstherapie in der onkologischen Nachsorge (VISION)" (association department for integrative sports and physical therapy in oncologic aftercare) in the association "OnkoAktiv am NCT Heidelberg e.V.“.
In order to claim reimbursement for rehab sports, we require a prescription using the so-called "Muster 56" or "Rehasport G850", which can be issued directly by the rehabilitation clinic at the end of inpatient rehabilitation. Your family physician or oncologist can fill out the "Muster 56" application form (50 training units are usual, in case of polyneuropathy even 120 units). We will inform you about this in detail when you register.
Private patients also need a prescription (preferably using "Muster 56", even though this is actually intended for those with statutory health insurance). Based on the prescription, we will prepare a cost estimate for your insurer who will then inform you whether they will bear the costs. If problems arise with your insurer, we are happy to be of assistance.
If you are no longer prescribed rehab sports but would still like to train with us, then for a monthly membership fee you can join our club VISION (see above), which will entitle you to use our facilities in the long term.
Where and when does counseling take place?
Counseling sessions are always by individual appointment and, as a rule, take place at NCT Heidelberg. In exceptional cases, counseling may be provided over the telephone.