Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mandatory complementary private insurance

Compulsory private complementary health insurance offered by employers in France: Implications and current debate

It looks strange at a first glance. Why a country with statutory Social Health Insurance (SHI) has to set up a mandate to employers to buy private health insurance for their employees?. In France by 2016 all employers will have to do it, and this complementary insurance covers basically copayments in the SHI system. It is really strange, because copayments are created to reduce moral hazard, hence if somebody insures copayments, then its impact on utilization is the same as if it were no copayments in the SHI but with a high and avoidable loading fee. And, as far as this insurance is mandatory and private, then it makes no sense at all.
Each country decides politically according to the context, nothing to add, though this is a very weird case. You'll find more details in this article.

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