The “security hole” is reduced to 6.9 billion in 2016

The Social Security deficit (all basic schemes) will decline by 3.3 billion euros between 2015 and 2016, according to the summary of the Audit Committee report.

The Social Security deficit is expected to drop from 10.2 billion in 2015 to 6.9 billion in 2016 (general scheme + other basic schemes (agricultural scheme, social scheme for the self-employed, scheme for seafarers, mining scheme, SNCF , the RATP, EDF-GDF, the Banque de France, the National Assembly, the Senate, clerics and notary employees …) + Old age solidarity fund), according to a summary of the report of the Commission des Social Security accounts including Le Figaro had a copy and which will be made official this Friday. If the deficit of the FSV, which covers the “minimum old age”, remains stable (going from 3.9 billion to 3.8 billion euros), that of the general social security system drops significantly to stand at 3 , 1 billion this year, against 6.3 billion euros in 2015.

All branches benefit from an improvement. Designated at the beginning of the week by the Court of Auditors as “the sick man” of the Social Security, the sickness branch saw its deficit fall from 5.8 to 4.1 billion euros. But the latter now weighs more than 120% of the deficit of the general system, against 85% in 2015. Another lesson: the retirement branch is in surplus this year, by 1.1 billion euros (against a deficit of 0.3 billion in 2015). A first since 2004. But the cumulative balance of the retirement branch and the FSV – cumulative which is more representative of the health of the plans – would remain in deficit this year (-2.7 billion). As expected, the family branch’s deficit fell slightly to 1 billion euros (against 1.5 billion in 2015). As for that of industrial accidents, its deficit remains stable at 0.7 billion.

For the year 2017, the Accounts Committee foresees, a further slippage of the deficit if no revenue or savings measures were taken. This is all the more so since the government has incurred significant expenses such as increasing the index point for hospital officials (which serves as the basis for their remuneration) and raising the prices of doctors. To remedy this, the Minister of Health has planned 4 billion euros in savings on health insurance (pooling of hospital purchases, promotion of generics, development of outpatient surgery, control of prescriptions for procedures, etc.), 1 , 7 billion on the administrative management expenses of the general system and two million euros of increase in the tax on rolling tobacco and the price of its package.