Between the analysis laboratories and the tents set up near pharmacies, France has 12,000 screening points.
The “whatever it costs“Hammered out by Emmanuel Macron during his speeches also applies to anti-Covid screening. France has made the unique choice in Europe to fully reimburse PCR and antigen tests, for everyone, without a medical prescription. Abroad, if the tests are paid for for symptomatic people, they are chargeable for others with prices ranging from 50 to 350 euros.
The advantage is that everyone can be tested at the corner of their street: between the analysis laboratories and the small white tents set up near pharmacies, France has 12,000 screening points … which is more than hyper or supermarkets! But this strategy is costing the Social Security dearly: in 2020 the tests represented an expenditure of 2.6 billion euros for Medicare… and again they did not gain momentum until September. “It is not a cost, it is an investment, because it avoids other health expenses ”, defends the Ministry of Health,
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