ReWalk Enters Agreements with Leading German Insurers TK and DAK-Gesundheit to Provide Coverage of Robotic Exoskeletons for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries
MARLBOROUGH, Mass and BERLIN, April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. (Nasdaq: RWLK) (“ReWalk” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of robotic medical devices for individuals with lower limb disabilities, has announced the finalization of national agreements with top German Statutory Health Insurers (“SHI”) Techniker Krankenkasse (“TK”) and Deutsche Angestellten-Krankenkasse – Gesundheit (“DAK-Gesundheit”). These new policies will allow any eligible beneficiary with a spinal cord injury (“SCI”) to seek procurement of a ReWalk 6.0 exoskeleton system. TK and DAK, representing 10.6 million and 5.6 million beneficiaries in Germany, respectively, are two of the largest SHIs in the country; these agreements are expected to help set the standard for exoskeleton procurement in Germany.
“The agreements with TK and DAK are monumental for national procurement policies for exoskeletons, both in Germany and worldwide,” said ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski. “The manner in which the SHIs in Germany have embraced procurement agreements is proof positive of what can be done by other leading countries to provide lifechanging technology for eligible beneficiaries.”
“The advantages of this highly innovative supply have convinced us,” said Mr. Thomas Bodmer, Board Member at DAK-Gesundheit. “The quality of this complex care is important to us. This is where the contract comes into play by clearly describing and regulating the interaction between the manufacturer, physiotherapists and orthopedic technicians in the contract on medical aid for the first time. In this way, we make it possible for those affected to make optimal use of the exoskeleton.”
Under these agreements, eligible beneficiaries will be able to obtain a ReWalk 6.0 exoskeleton device that will enable them to stand and walk in their homes and communities after successful training and verification by the medical service. To date, the Company has 20 cases in the TK and DAK pipeline that are being reviewed as a direct result of these agreements.
TK, which has been voted Germany’s best health insurance company for 13 years in a row, has moved swiftly to process procurements.
DAK-Gesundheit is the third largest SHI in the country, providing insurance for 5.6 million people. Its history dates to 1775, making DAK Germany’s oldest health insurance company.
ReWalk announced a similar agreement with another SHI earlier this year, which signaled the start of a series of agreements with leading SHIs across Germany. In 2018, the ReWalk 6.0 personal exoskeleton system was added to the German National Health Insurance Agency’s National Medical Device Directory (“MDD”), which includes all medical devices that are principally and regularly reimbursed by German statutory health insurance providers. That addition enabled Germany’s 105 SHIs to pursue national policies for ReWalk procurement, which are coming to fruition today.
About ReWalk Robotics Ltd.
ReWalk Robotics Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with lower limb disabilities as a result of spinal cord injury or stroke. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for individuals with lower limb disability through the creation and development of market leading robotic technologies. Founded in 2001, ReWalk has headquarters in the United States, Israel and Germany. For more information on the ReWalk systems, please visit www.rewalk.com.
ReWalk® is a registered trademark of ReWalk Robotics Ltd. in Israel and the United States.
ReStore® is a registered trademark of ReWalk Robotics Ltd. in Europe and an allowed trademark in the United States.
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