The government’s sleight of hand to reduce the health insurance deficit

To rebalance the different branches of Social Security, the government is about to transfer part of the costs of the most indebted branch of Social Security, Health Insurance, to the family branch, the most surplus, report Les Echos , Friday, September 23. This financial measure should be part of the bill relating to the Social Security budget for 2023. Concretely, the allowances paid to women on maternity leave will now come from, if the measure is indeed part of the bill, and that the latter is adopted, from the family branch, and no longer from health insurance.

Since the health crisis, the security deficit has plunged. In 2022, the security deficit was reduced to 16.8 billion euros in 2022, or 3.6 billion less than expected. But depending on the branch of Social Security concerned, the situation is different. For the health branch, for example, the deficit is the highest, with 19.7 billion in 2022, still due to Covid. The retirement branch has a deficit of 1.2 billion euros, while the other branches are in surplus, such as that of work accidents (estimated at 1.8 billion), and that of the family (3.1 billion).

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It is therefore on the latter that the government has chosen to rely to reduce the health insurance deficit. It would not only be a part of the allowances paid in the context of maternity leave. Only the amounts paid after the birth of the child would be concerned, specify our colleagues. Other transfers of this type could also take place to reduce the deficit in the sickness branch.

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