AFP, published on Saturday July 30, 2022 at 09:44
Tests for the detection of the monkeypox virus will be paid for 100% of the Health Insurance, said Saturday an order in the Official Journal, after a recommendation to this effect from the High Health Authority.
“The development of the monkeypox epidemic means being able to confirm cases of infection in the absence of a sufficiently clear clinical picture” and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) (a technique that including PCR tests) “allows infections to be confirmed”, underlines. this order. “It is therefore appropriate that these screening tests be covered by Health Insurance”, the text continues.
Monday the High Authority for Health decided for the payment of Health Insurance in the tests, after the Ministry of Health seized the question.
The High Health Authority recalls that the diagnosis is based primarily on the examination and questioning of the patient, specifying that “detection by NAAT test should only be carried out if there is persistent doubt after clinical examination” for “confirmation or not ” the infection.
“The use of this type of test is thus limited to + suspected cases + and + possible cases +, as defined by Public Health France and not necessary in the absence of symptoms”, specified the health authority.