Plunged into a climate of uncertainty, deprived of social relations, leisure and for some, professional activity, the French, and more particularly young people, morale are low after a year of a health crisis. The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on morale also brought to the fore the inadequacies of the mental health care and support sector and the inequalities in the face of this issue. According to a recent study by the Ifop Institute, 30% of French people describe their morale as “bad”, while they were 16% during the 1st confinement. And 47% consider their life difficult to endure, against only 17% of Germans.
Faced with the multiplication of situations of psychological and psychological suffering in the country, several organizations are setting up an unprecedented mechanism: the mutuals of the French Mutuality, in conjunction with the insurers of the French Insurance Federation and the provident institutions. The latter has decided to undertake to reimburse consultations with a psychologist from the first euro billed to the patient, after medical referral. Concretely, the insurers will take care of the reimbursement at the 1st euro throughout the year. consultations with psychologists for the benefit of their policyholders covered by a supplementary health contract.
“Helping the French, especially young people”
According to the Mutualité Française, a minimum of 4 sessions per year may be covered by complementary health insurers up to a limit of 60 euros per session. “The representatives of the bodies complementary to health insurance will soon initiate an exchange with the representatives of the professional unions of psychologists and doctors, for the implementation of this measure”, she explains. A few months earlier, the Court of Auditors had recommended, in a report of February 6, “to extend the experiment initiated in four departments (Bouches-du-Rhône, Haute-Garonne, Landes, Morbihan), authorizing the support for psychotherapies carried out by liberal psychologists, on prescription from attending physicians. ”
Currently, consultations with psychologists are not not covered by the health insurance scheme. “With this new gesture, we wanted to provide a lasting response to this social issue and come to the aid of the French, and in particular young people, whose morale has been shaken. by successive confinements and the restrictions linked to the health crisis, ”explains Thierry Beaudet, president of Mutualité Française. “Faced with the growing importance of the psychological distress of our fellow citizens, it is essential to commit ourselves collectively to facilitate access consultations with psychologists », Says Florence Lustman, President of the French Insurance Federation.
This announcement comes as the government launched a national psychological support platform in early March. called Student Psychic Health and dedicated specifically to students. During the health crisis, the latter can benefit from psychological support without paying the costs. The sessions, which can last up to three 45-minute meetings, are free (paid for by the higher education institution with which volunteer psychologists have signed an agreement) and if necessary, the attending physician can renew them. Nearly 1,300 psychologists have volunteered across the country to participate in this system.