It was a reform supposed to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses for patients for glasses, dental equipment and hearing aids, in reality the average out-of-charge payment actually paid has increased, calculated the healthcare network operator Carte Blanche Partners.
Opticians: the proportion of “100% health” glasses and frames remains marginal
Coming into force gradually between 2019 and 2021, the “100% health” reform has certainly enabled French people who wish to be equipped with glasses, dental prostheses and hearing aids without paying anything. On the other side of the coin, for people who are not satisfied with the low-cost equipment offered without chargeback, the bill has increased, reveals the healthcare network operator Carte Blanche Partenaires.
And this increase concerns many French people. In fact, in 2020, only 53% of patients at dentists opted for dental treatment or equipment from the “100% health” basket. In optics, the proportion is even lower: only 7.2%.
In optics, the remaining charge increased by 6.7% in 2020
Not only is the proportion of patients not using “100% health” high, but the prices of the equipment they buy have also increased. In glasses for example, for equipment with a frame between 30 and 100 euros (i.e. the price bracket not eligible for “zero remains chargeable”), the average purchase price of both frames and lenses has increased by 6 %.
The drop in the ceiling for the support of frames (from 150 to 100 euros) has also contributed to the increase in the number of equipment purchased that is not part of “100% health”. For this reason, the remainder of the charge for patients has increased considerably: 127 million euros in 2020 against 119 million in 2019.