From Friday, October 15, PCR and antigenic screening tests for Covid-19 become chargeable, between 22 and 45 euros approximately. A revolution ? Not really, since a very large majority of French people will continue to benefit from free access.
The Ministry of Health has specified the terms of payment for these tests, which makes it possible to estimate the number of people concerned. Free remains the rule for:
- All the french people having completed their vaccination schedule, be near of 49.3 million people to October 13, a figure that will continue to grow;
- all the minors : they are nearly 14.5 million in France, according to INSEE, of which 3.4 million are already vaccinated. This leaves around 11 million children affected;
- all the inhabitants of Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique until the end of the state of health emergency in these territories (set for November 15), as well as all the inhabitants of Mayotte, no end date. If we exclude children and people vaccinated in these territories (where the vaccination rate fluctuates between 23% and 33%), this amounts to adding about 500,000 adults, according to our estimates.
We thus arrive at more than 60.8 million people for whom the free service continues, provided they present proof. There are therefore less than 6.6 million people, out of 67.4 million French people, who will have to pay for their so-called “comfort” tests, or 9.8% of the population.
And again, this figure is very overestimated, since it does not include the following situations, the evaluation of which is more complex:
- high school students over 18 (who, by definition, will be more and more numerous throughout the school year);
- people with contraindications to vaccination or a recent certificate of recovery from Covid-19;
- contact cases identified by Medicare;
- patients benefiting from a medical prescription.
Before the “end of free”, the number of tests has already fallen and stands at around 3.2 million per week, after a peak recorded at 5.7 million in mid-August, when the pass was put in place. sanitary.