The director of health insurance will receive representatives of medical analysis laboratories on Monday, said the latter, who opposes the savings demanded by the government after the two years of the Covid epidemic.
The government intends to impose a €250m cut in the 2023 social security funding bill on laboratories whose profits have increased significantly due to the tests carried out during the health crisis.
The biologists expect from their meeting with the director of health insurance, Thomas Fatme, a written and numerical proposal that does not cross the red line, namely a flight cut 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 reject a sharp drop in the pricing of actions and demand visibility on the budget for 2024 and 2025, he added. If they do not win their case, they plan to strike from November 14.
On October 27, the laboratories had already suspended the transfer of the results of their RT-PCR screening tests (Covid tests) to the national SI-DEP file, making it more difficult to monitor the development of the epidemic.
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This rebellion had angered the government, which condemned an impermissible boycott. Biologists resumed the transmission of test results on November 2 to show a sign of openness, according to the president of ABM, which brings together unions and major laboratory groups.
Budget Minister Gabriel Attal pointed out last week that labs had made significant profits thanks to Covid tests paid for by Social Security over the past two years, with margins going from 18% to 26%.
For Alain Le Meur, these profits shown 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 actions was taken, we would divide our results by six, he assured.