More than 70% of French people considered " normal " before the Covid-19 crisis that " health spending is increasing " and estimated that " there is no reason to limit it because health is priceless ", According to the annual opinion barometer of the Drees, the statistical service of social ministries, published Wednesday.
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This opinion is increasingly majority among the population: the French were only 67% to think so in 2017, and only 55 to 58% in 2013, according to this survey conducted each year since 2000 by the BVA institute for the Drees account, the last edition of which was produced last fall.
Likewise, 61% of those questioned (ie nine points more than in 2015) consider it more important to maintain social benefits and health insurance reimbursements at the current level, rather than reduce the deficit of the " Safely " . However, the majority of French people continue to think (80%) that " health care spending is too high because the system is not well managed ", but this proportion has dropped by 6 points since 2013.
Solidarity, the state affair
The survey reveals unequal satisfaction with the quality of medical care, depending on the type of structure: 77% of respondents say they are satisfied with medical specialists in the city and dentists and 85% with general practitioners and nurses. But the satisfaction rate drops to 69% for the quality of care offered by public hospitals, to 65% for private clinics and maternity hospitals, and even to 46% for hospital emergencies (-11 points in five years).
Two-thirds of those surveyed also believe that solidarity should above all be the business of the State, local authorities or Social Security. The role of individuals and families in solidarity is more often highlighted by the wealthiest 20%. Nearly nine out of ten French people believe that poverty and exclusion have increased over the past five years and that this increase will continue in the coming years.
Another consensual subject: for 88% of the population, environmental problems are a source of concern (+8 points compared to 2016).
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The 2019 edition of the study was conducted with a representative sample of 3,030 adult people (quota method), interviewed at their home between October 14 and November 17, 2019.