Hospital: the National Assembly approves the budget extension

The deputies voted on Tuesday evening the 2020 Social Security budget project, which provides for an extension of 300 million euros from next year. One of the measures of the “emergency plan” for the hospital announced last week by the government.

With this budget extension, the Social Security deficit is raised to 5.4 billion euros in 2020.

This is one of the flagship measures of the “emergency plan” for the hospital announced a week ago by the government. The budget extension of 300 million euros for the hospital from 2020 obtained the green light from deputies on Tuesday evening.

The National Assembly adopted the 2020 Social Security budget project for a new reading, with a government amendment resulting from the plan announced by the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, after eight months of crisis in public hospitals.

Already adopted in the same terms in committee, it provides for this first budget extension which increases the target for health insurance spending from 2.3% to 2.45%. In total, the government has pledged 1.5 billion euros in three years, with increases of 500 and 700 million announced for 2021 and 2022.

The Social Security deficit is thus raised to 5.4 billion euros in 2020, against 5.1 billion initially forecast. One of the other flagship measures of the “emergency plan” for the hospital, the recovery of 10 billion euros in hospital debts over three years, was not included in this text. It must fall under the public finance programming law expected in the spring.

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Insufficient, for the opposition

The opposition criticized an insufficient budget extension. “We were waiting for an act of refounding the public hospital. But […] you just want to give oxygen to caregivers who can no longer take it […] “, Criticized Jean-Pierre Door on behalf of the LR group. Joël Aviragnet (PS), for his part, affirmed that of the 300 million euros released, only 200 will go to the hospital and 100 for nursing homes, accusing the government of doing “communication”, and wondering s ‘we will have to relive the “yellow vests” this time with “white vests”. “Are you trying to get the pot to explode?” “, Also launched Caroline Fiat (LFI), nursing assistant by profession, who also denounced a” communication “plan.

On the side of the LREM group, the rapporteur Olivier Véran defended the text: “No one can gargle considering that the hospital will be doing tremendously well tomorrow thanks to the announcements”, but “we are starting from afar”, he said. to be worth.

The opposition, moreover, attacked the revaluation limited to 0.3% of most social benefits with the exception of pensions of the most modest retirees, denouncing a “decline in purchasing power” ( LR), an “unequal policy” (LFI) or even a “breach of equality” (PS). The rapporteur and the Secretary of State replied that “for 80% of retirees”, pensions will be revalued to the level of inflation.

The text must now return one last time to the Senate on Saturday, before being the subject of a final vote in the Assembly on Tuesday, December 3.

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