Monkey pox: tests will now be reimbursed 100% by Medicare

A decree published this Saturday, July 30 in the Official Journal indicates that the “screening” tests against the monkeypox virus will now be covered by health insurance.

Monkeypox virus detection tests will be reimbursed 100% by Health Insurance, indicates an order in the Official Journal published this Saturday, July 30.

“The development of the monkeypox epidemic implies being able to confirm cases of infection in the absence of a sufficiently explicit clinical picture” and “nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) make it possible to confirm infections”, details the decree issued by the Minister of Health François Braun. “These screening tests should therefore be covered by health insurance” continues the text.

The government follows the advice of the High Authority for Health

The government is therefore following a recommendation from the High Authority for Health (HAS). The latter had spoken, Monday, July 25, in favor of the reimbursement of the tests by Health Insurance, after being seized by the Ministry of Health.

The health authority recalled that the diagnosis was based first on the examination and questioning of the patient, considering that “detection by NAAT test should only be carried out in the event of persistent doubt after clinical examination”. “The use of this type of test is thus limited to suspected cases and possible cases, as defined by Public Health France and is not necessary in the absence of symptoms”, she added, quoted by Liberation.

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