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 sharply 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 Fatôme, “a written and quantified proposal” which does not cross the “red line”, namely a “plane stroke” of 250 million euros for the year 2023 alone, explained to AFP on Friday 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, he added. If they do not win their case, they are planning a strike movement from November 14th.
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.
This sling 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 for by Social Security, over the past two years, with margins which have increased from “18% to 26%”.
For Alain Le Meur, these profits posted by the government do not take 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.