The Covid-19 will ultimately cost much more than expected at the Secu


Updated on 05/27/2021 at 07:59

Published on 05/27/2021 7:35 AM

The vaccination center at the Palais des Congrès in Grasse (illustration).

The vaccination center at the Palais des Congrès in Grasse (illustration).
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The Covid-19 will ultimately cost much more than expected at the Secu


The 05/27 at 07:35

Update 05/27 at 07:59 am

The cost of tests, vaccines and other health expenses related to Covid-19 is estimated for 2021 “between 9 and 10 billion euros”, well beyond the 4.3 billion entered in the budget, said Wednesday the Director of Social Security.

The bill for the epidemic continues to grow for Social Security. However, the budget voted in December included “a provision of 4.3 billion euros” to pay for tests, vaccines or even masks, but it was a “hypothesis” who “was based on the fact that there is no new wave in 2021”, explained Franck von Lennep during a hearing by the deputies of the Committee on Social Affairs. Unfortunately, the third wave and the English variant have indeed swept over France, which has “leads to additional expenses”, with more tests (PCR and antigens) “and over a longer period of time than we could imagine”, he said.

The health crisis is also reflected in new “additional costs to the hospital” and “an increase in daily allowances” for work stoppage. In addition, there are purchases of vaccines in large quantities. This forecast remains surrounded by “a lot of uncertainties”.

Ultimately, “we will probably be between 9 and 10 billion” euros, he announced, stressing that this forecast was surrounded by “a lot of uncertainties about what the additional costs linked to the crisis will be in the second half of the year”.

This forecast should be taken up early next week by the alert committee on the evolution of health insurance spending, which had warned in mid-April of a “serious risk” budgetary slippage.