Medicare relieved of part of its deficits

Posted Sep 23, 2022, 7:14 AMUpdated on Sep 25, 2022 at 9:30 am

Small budgetary sleight of hand in sight. According to our information, the government wishes to transfer charges to the family branch of Social Security, namely part of the allowances due to women on maternity leave. And this, instead of the sickness branch.

This transfer, which should be recorded in the next Social Security budget for 2023 presented next week, will be painless for women on maternity leave. It should, however, contribute to rebalancing the deal a little between the different branches of Social Security.

The Covid-19 crisis has indeed plunged the Health Insurance accounts. The deficit exceeded €30 billion in 2020 and remained historically high at €26 billion in 2021. The economic recovery and inflation have supported contributions in 2022. This dynamic should make it possible to partially fill the “hole” but the balance is still not in sight, and the executive is looking for solutions for the future, while the momentum of spending is not going to stop.

Benefits after birth

At the same time, the family branch responsible for supporting households, housing aid or the fight against precariousness was in the green in 2021, with a surplus close to 3 billion euros.

Hence the idea within the executive to better distribute the burden between branches and to transfer to the National Family Allowance Fund, the mission of paying part of the allowances compensating for the loss of income of women on maternity leave. This transfer, which is likely to irritate the defenders of family policy, would only concern the allowances paid after the birth, according to several sources. The amounts involved are around 2 billion euros.

The government is preparing other financial transfers to relieve the Health Insurance. He has started discussions with health insurers to transfer to them some 150 million euros in expenses today assumed by Social Security, according to information from “Echos”, confirming that of “L’Argus de l’assurance”. The scope of these transfers is not specified at this stage.

Transfers to complementary

Complementary health insurance, concerned about having an important place in the system for covering health expenses, sees a good idea of ​​the idea of ​​taking on new health expenses on condition that they have levers to control them. .

Insurers hope to have more peaceful relations with the government than during the previous five-year term, marked by debates on the creation of a “big Secu” which would have marginalized the complementary ones. Health insurers also had to collect an exceptional tax of 1.5 billion euros during the Covid crisis.

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