Whether they want to meet up with friends, visit their grandmother, go for the weekend or simply be reassured… The French have become accustomed to doing PCR or antigen tests.
Without hesitation, since these tests are free in France, 100% reimbursed by Social Security, for everyone, without a medical prescription.
An exception in Europe.
In neighboring countries, if the tests are paid for for symptomatic people, they are chargeable for others, with prices ranging from 50 to 350 euros.
Social protection: a model to rethink
If this strategy has the advantage of promoting screening, it is costly for Social Security: in 2020 the tests represented an expenditure of 2.6 billion euros for Medicare ... And again, they have not increased. power only from September.
Over the first three months of 2021, reimbursements for medical analyzes are still up by 123.5%.
"It is not a cost, it is an investment, because it avoids other health expenses"
, defends the Ministry of Health,
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