End of the participation fee?
(JB) A symbolic fee of 2.50 euros for people using Luxembourg's polyclinics could be abolished, after being deemed a barrier to accessing healthcare.
During the Quadritite meeting between health leaders and finance chiefs, health minister Mars di Bartolomeo said that he supported the abolition the “personal participation” fee.
The fee is levied on those using health services which do not require an overnight hospital stay, such as Accident and Emergency services and other drop-in health services.
While the 2.50 euros fee is minimal for patients requiring one-off attention, for those seeking repeated care, for example to replace a dressing, it is levied on each visit.
For patients receiving psychiatric healthcare, the fee is higher still at 9.20 euros. A final decision on the fee will be made at the next meeting of the national health service, the CNS.
The Quadripartite Committee brings together the Minister of Social Security, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Finance, representatives of professional organisations, employers and employees, as well as professional groups to sign agreements on health insurance in Luxembourg.
This week's meeting revealed that the CNS is in a financially healthier situation than previously thought. It is expected to end the year with a 50 million euro surplus, although not with a 120 million euro profit as some rumours have suggested.
Despite its stable financial status, Mr di Bartolomeo stressed the need for ongoing caution.