In terms of health, the main mechanism of the finance bill presented on Wednesday concerns State medical aid (AME), covering the health costs of foreigners in an irregular situation.
The other measures concerning health (drugs, city care, hospital, etc.) will be detailed in the Social Security budget (PLFSS), presented on Friday.
The government plans to allocate one billion euros to the AME in 2022, excluding urgent care.
A symbolic threshold is crossed.
Last year, the executive announced an envelope of 990 million euros for 2021, already highlighting "
the continuous increase in expenditure observed in recent years
The AME's budget has indeed doubled since 2015. According to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, more than 383,000 foreigners benefited from it in 2020.
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The “common law” aid, which covers 100% of the medical and hospital costs of foreigners who have been in France for at least 3 months, concentrates the overwhelming majority of expenses.
The total cost of the AME also includes “urgent care” (70 million euros in 2021) for irregular migrants and asylum seekers before this 3-month deadline, as well as other rarer measures such as aid. humanitarian aid or in police custody (1.5 million in 2021).
Created in 2000, this device is the object of recurring controversies, right and far right denouncing a "call for air" and demanding to limit its perimeter to the essential, when the government affirms that it contributes to preserve the whole. population from epidemiological and health risks.