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Health care of foreigners - associations denounce ’discriminatory’ decree

Translated Tuesday 10 March 2015, by Sonia Govindankutty

A group of associations have denounced a decree issued on February 2 by the Ministry of Health that excludes recipients of State medical assistance (illegal aliens and those who are destitute) from receiving reimbursements for drugs judged to have ’little medical benefit’.

Expressing outrage in its communiqué, the Centre for Migrants’ Right to Health (ODSE) notes, "These drugs continue to be reimbursed at 15% for other insured persons and at 100% for those who enjoy additional coverage under supplementary CMU, namely the vulnerable sections among the insured, subject to the same conditions as those covered by State medical assistance (AME)."The ODSE and the Fnars (National Federation of Reception and Social Integration Associations) have criticized the "discriminatory practice towards foreigners in vulnerable situations who deserve to have the same type of care as others living in France." They have expressed anguish at the fact that "this is not the first time that health care rights of those covered by the AME have been violated."

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