The French feel less and less responsible for the “security hole”

Households bear less and less of having to increase their efforts to reduce the deficit.

According to a survey carried out in early June by BVA for the April Foundation, a little more than a third (34%) of those questioned believe that they are the main culprits of the Social Security deficit. Five years ago, at the start of François Hollande’s five-year term, they were just under half (45%) to think so.

It seems that households bear less and less of having to increase their efforts to reduce the deficit. It is not certain that the statements of the Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, promising last Sunday that the balance of the accounts of the Social Security was “within reach”, reassure them. The Court of Auditors, on September 20, and the Secu Accounts Commission (CCSS), three days later, will have to confirm (or not) this trend. A year ago, almost to the day, the Wise Men were particularly pessimistic about the ability to quickly reduce the Social Security deficit to nothing. Ditto for the Accounts Commission which estimated, at the time, that the balance would not be reached before 2020 or 2021.

Another major lesson from the survey: in terms of prices, 53% of French people consider that care is set at the right price, against 37% five years earlier. Here again, it would be interesting to see if the French will still be of the same opinion. At the same time, fewer and fewer of them believe that their income and health coverage allow them to receive proper treatment (58% in 2011, 55% today). The reception of the law of “modernization of the health system” therefore seems mixed.