Next to a psychotherapist cost coverage debate that has been stalling for years, it is now the grand duchy’s psychologists who ring the alarm about governmental inaction. For the SLP, the different ministries it has contacted about its issues--namely, the higher education, health and economy ministries--have shown little effort to resolve the problem.
The problem, according to the union, is that Luxembourg remains one of the EU countries where the career isn’t regulated, meaning that unqualified persons can attract patients. Due to the lack of a framework, if the latter encounter such persons, “we can’t do anything,” says the union’s head Marc Stein in an interview with RTL.
While the ministries are neutral with regards to the implementation of regulations, the union deplores that they “never gave a proactive answer [to our issues]”.
The health ministry at the end of 2023 is meant to present a national mental health plan, which had been promised for 2021 but postponed due to covid-19.