Let us recall what is at stake in the dispute: the government intends to impose on the laboratories – whose profits have increased sharply due to the tests carried out during the health crisis – a saving of 250 million euros, via the bill for the financing of the Social security for 2023.
The biologists expect their interview with the director of Health Insurance, Thomas Fatôme, “a written and costed proposal” who does not cross the “Red line”, namely a “plane stroke” of 250 million euros for the year 2023 alone, explains the president of the Alliance for Medical Biology (ABM), Alain Le Meur.
They also refuse a permanent reduction in the pricing of acts and demand visibility on the 2024 and 2025 budget. If they do not win their case, they are planning a strike movement from November 14.
Biologists resumed transmission of test results on November 2
On October 27, the laboratories 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.
This sling aroused the ire of the government, which denounced a boycott “inadmissible”. Biologists resumed transmission of test results on November 2, to show a “opening sign”, according to the president of the ABM, which brings together the unions and the main groups of laboratories.
Budget Minister Gabriel Attal pointed out last week that laboratories had made significant profits thanks to Covid tests paid for by Social Security, over the past two years, with margins that have gone from “18% to 26%”.
For Alain Le Meur, these benefits displayed by the government do not take “not taking into account the investments made and the charges of our debt”. “If the reduction in the price of our acts were permanent, we would divide our results by six”, he assured.