Charging/Billing In Psychotherapy In Nigeria

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Abstract

Unlike medical, legal, building and other professionals where billing has over the years been
settled and practitioners and experts simply charge their clients based on laid down
traditions, billing or charging in Psychotherapy is still seemingly a controversial issue
among practicing clinical psychologists and psychotherapists in Nigeria. Presently billing is
influenced by the nature of clients’ presentations or psychopathology, its duration or
severity, the psychological tests to be involved, involvement of other health professional and
the literacy level of the clients. Other considerations include, the location of the
clinic/hospital, the nature of available facilities and equipment, experience, qualification and
popularity of the clinician or psychotherapist, and relationship between the clinician and
clients and mode of referrals. There ought to be a Nigerian acceptable uniform
billing/charge system among Nigerian Psychotherapists and clinical Psychologists.

 

Author: Nkwam C. Uwaoma

Department of Psychology,

Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.

Email: nkwams@yahoo.com

 

Description

Unlike medical, legal, building and other professionals where billing has over the years been
settled and practitioners and experts simply charge their clients based on laid down
traditions, billing or charging in Psychotherapy is still seemingly a controversial issue
among practicing clinical psychologists and psychotherapists in Nigeria. Presently billing is
influenced by the nature of clients’ presentations or psychopathology, its duration or
severity, the psychological tests to be involved, involvement of other health professional and
the literacy level of the clients. Other considerations include, the location of the
clinic/hospital, the nature of available facilities and equipment, experience, qualification and
popularity of the clinician or psychotherapist, and relationship between the clinician and
clients and mode of referrals. There ought to be a Nigerian acceptable uniform
billing/charge system among Nigerian Psychotherapists and clinical Psychologists.

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