Psychological consultations will be reimbursed on prescription from the age of three, announced the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron at the end of the Assises of mental health and psychiatry on Tuesday, September 28.

Reimbursement of consultations with psychologists, staff of medico-psychological centers, research: Emmanuel Macron announced several measures at the end of the Assises of mental health and psychiatry on Tuesday.

“We are going to set up psychologist consultations from 2022 which will be reimbursed for all French people (…) on medical prescription”, announced Emmanuel Macron. The measure will apply from the age of three, “as part of a consultation package that can be renewed if the medical prescription suggests,” he said from the Ministry of Health. The amount of the first consultation will be set at 40 euros, then at 30 euros for the others. The reimbursement of consultations, currently being tested in four departments, was claimed by the profession.

The President of the Republic has also spoken in favor of the creation of a house for adolescents “in each department.” In April, the Head of State announced the creation of a “psy check” so that children aged 3 to 17 can benefit from ten free sessions with the psychologist. A similar system has also been put in place for students.

800 positions will be created in medico-psychological centers (CMP) “from next year” to “reduce waiting times as much as possible”, also promised the head of state. “In the territories which are the most in tension”, these waiting times are currently “higher than 18 months, during which obviously the health of the suffering people deteriorates”, noted Emmanuel Macron.

Long promised by the President of the Republic, the Assises of mental health and psychiatry aimed to take stock of the difficulties of a sector affected by the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. More than 12 million French people currently suffer from mental disorders.

The last part of the CoviPrev survey, conducted between August 31 and September 7, revealed that 10% of people questioned had suicidal thoughts during the year. A figure up five points from the level outside the epidemic. At the opening of the meeting, the Minister of Health announced the creation of a new national suicide prevention number, which will come “into operation” on Friday.

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