the Minister of Health denounces “unsustainable” price increases

2023-12-03 18:46:11

Guest on France 3, Aurélien Rousseau pleaded for a more limited increase, of “4 to 5%”.



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Minister of Health Aurélien Rousseau, at the National Assembly, in Paris, November 2, 2023. (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)

“It’s not sustainable, I tell the mutual insurance companies.” The Minister of Health, Aurélien Rousseau, denounced the expected sharp increase in the prices of complementary health insurance. “Today they cannot make patients the adjustment variable of their economic model”he underlined, Sunday December 3, on France 3, pleading for a more limited increase in “4 to 5%”. He must meet their leaders “in the coming days”.

Faced with a sharp increase in their reimbursements to policyholders, complementary health insurance companies were concerned in October about the price increases that they will have to announce to their customers, denouncing transfers of charges from Social Security to their expense.

Increases of 8 to 12.5%

The joint group AG2R La Mondiale will thus increase its contributions by “8 to 9%” in 2024, according to comments to Echos of his direction, at the end of November. For the entire sector, increases should range from 8 to 12.5%, according to estimates a few weeks ago from the specialist Addactis.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to have 8% increases”underlined Aurélien Rousseau. “With inflation, with part of the costs that they have been asked to cover, an increase of 4 to 5% would be logical. 8% does not make sense, 10% a fortiori”added the minister, pleading that the adaptation of prices should not “lose purchasing power”. Asked about the possibility of sanctions against mutual societies, he delayed: “I don’t know, we’ll have the discussion first” with them, he replied.

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