By declaring war on fraudsters, will the government move closer to the Estonian model? In the small Baltic country, the digital ID card allows you to vote, access public transport, declare your income and even retrieve a prescription or access your medical file.
Without going that far, Gabriel Attal, the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, announces to the Parisian want to fight against "medical tourism". And for him, this means "a merger of the Carte Vitale and the identity card into a single secure card, as is the case in Belgium, Portugal, Sweden".
"It is both a simplification measure and an additional guarantee on the identity of the person and the associated rights," he said, hoping to prevent people from coming to France and using "someone else's Carte Vitale for care". A fraud estimated at several million euros per year, according to the minister.
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The oldest vital cards, issued before 2007, do not have a photo, which was later corrected to limit the "loan" of Carte Vitale and fraud. It is not known, however, how many of these old cards are still in circulation.
The biometric Carte Vitale considered too expensive
You won't have to show your GP or pharmacist right away. Faced with the crowd that could be added to the already overloaded counters in many municipalities, the minister says: "Obviously, this project can not be envisaged until the production times of the cards have not returned to normal! We need an ambitious and credible timetable." The latter will be defined by a "prefiguration mission" launched by the Minister of Public Action.
Several questions remain to be clarified. What about foreign residents who benefit from the Carte Vitale but do not have an identity card or French people who do not have one because it is not mandatory? Finally, the opinion of the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL) will be scrutinized on this "mix" between identity and health data, as well as questions about the security of the medical information contained on this new "card".
This announcement should bury the biometric Carte Vitale, whose dematerialized version - that is to say on phone - was nevertheless tested by the State in eight departments. "It would be very expensive, 250 million euros a year. Physicians are not particularly supportive of fingerprinting their patients. And (...) how do you send a loved one to get your medication if you have to give your fingerprints at the pharmacy? " asks Gabriel Attal.
Last summer, as part of a draft amending finance law, a budget line of 20 million euros was voted to launch this project, potentially stillborn.