Laboratory representatives meet with Health Insurance on Monday

The director of health insurance will receive representatives of medical analysis laboratories on Monday, said the latter, who oppose the savings demanded by the government after the two years of the Covid epidemic.

The government intends to impose on laboratories whose profits have increased significantly due to the tests carried out during the health crisis a saving of 250 million euros, via the Social Security financing bill for 2023.

The biologists expect from their meeting with the director of Health Insurance, Thomas Fatme, a written and numerical proposal which does not cross the red line, namely a plane cut of 250 million euros for the year 2023 alone, explained Friday AFP the president of the Alliance for medical biology (ABM), Alain Le Meur.

They also refuse a sharp drop in the pricing of acts and demand visibility on the 2024 and 2025 budget, he added. If they do not win their case, they are planning a strike from November 14.

On October 27, the laboratories had already suspended the transmission of the results of their RT-PCR screening tests (Covid tests) to the national SI-DEP file, making it more difficult to monitor the evolution of the epidemic.

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This rebellion had aroused the ire of the government, which denounced an inadmissible boycott. Biologists resumed transmission of test results on November 2, to show a sign of openness, according to the president of the ABM, which brings together unions and major laboratory groups.

Budget Minister Gabriel Attal pointed out last week that laboratories had made significant profits thanks to Covid tests paid by Social Security over the past two years, with margins that have gone from 18% to 26%.

For Alain Le Meur, these profits displayed by the government do not take into account the investments made and the burden of our debt. If the reduction in the price of our acts was taken, we would divide our results by six, he assured.

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