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Doubling of deductibles: the Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie Council opposes - P4H Network

Doubling of deductibles: the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie Council opposes

As announced by French President Emmanuel Macron on January 16, 2024, healthcare deductibles and co-payments will be increased over the course of the year. The ministries concerned have submitted three draft decrees to the CNAM Board for prior approval.

Created in 2008, the medical deductible is an individual contribution deducted directly from healthcare reimbursements. Until now, it has been 50 centimes per box of medicines and per paramedical act, or two euros per medical transport. On January 16, the government announced a doubling of the deductibles on boxes of medicines, paramedical procedures, medical transport, consultations and biological tests, which will be effective from the end of March, according to a press release from the Ministry of Labor, Health and Solidarity. This means that deductibles will be doubled to 1 euro on boxes of medicines and paramedical procedures, fixed contributions to 2 euros for doctors’ procedures and consultations, medical biology tests and analyses, and the deductible to 4 euros for medical transport.

On February 1,the Cnam board rejected the three draft decrees. Among the members of the council made up of the social partners, only Medef has spoken out in favor of these projects. U2P and CPME have taken note. The members who expressed an unfavorable opinion denounced a form of tax on the sick, since policyholders, in their view, simply follow medical prescriptions.