To get tested on her return from vacation, this young woman made an appointment in a medical center, a way to avoid queues. However, she is far from imagining such a steep bill: more than 96 euros, non-refundable by health insurance or by its mutual. The center has indeed refused to take his vital card. So, how to justify such a cost, when PCR tests are fully covered by social security?
A practice that could be illegal, the Ministry of Health explains that charging for tests is prohibited in laboratories, despite a legal vacuum vis-à-vis private establishments coordinating. “It’s a PCR test where people were told it was outside of social security funding.” explains Philippe Buhl, president of Abcos. Currently in France, one million PCR tests are carried out every week.