“This public fund should allow us to control costs”

“This public fund should allow us to control costs”
“This public fund should allow us to control costs”

What if Geneva became a pioneer of public health insurance? The State Councilor’s flagship project is the subject of fierce parliamentary discussions.

This was one of Pierre Maudet’s campaign promises. The public health insurance fund was discussed at the Grand Council, then sent to committee. “It’s an important step,” comments Pierre Maudet. It must be emphasized that beyond a campaign promise, the Council of State has adopted a project that I am supporting today for the entire college.” Recalling the votes of June 9 and the röstigraben which took shape at the polls, the State Councilor calls “not to sit idly by”.

This public fund will not have a monopoly and will not play the role of a compensation fund either. “This public fund must allow us to control costs, to have real transparency on them and above all to curb this feeling that we have every year of being knocked down on an anvil when health premiums are announced. It’s unbearable for households.” If the reforms of the health system are complicated, Pierre Maudet denounces a cartel and argues that the public fund “is a first step”.

Asked about the multiple criticisms which affect this project, he recalls the existence of SUVA in the field of accident insurance. This fund would, according to him, be the way to control costs. What about the slowness of the administration and the bureaucratic heaviness? The Council of State would, conversely, like to launch a call for tenders and select an insurer to set up a model of collectives of policyholders. “We pool the risk, which can be operated by a private individual, who does not do it on a profit-making model,” he indicates.

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