In the run-up to the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, emeVia’s network of student mutual publishes a White Paper designed to challenge parties and their candidates on the issues of student health. 17 proposals centered around three main axes: access to care, prevention and education to the health system.
The local student mutually manages the student social security scheme of around 1 million students and offer a complementary mutual insurance scheme to nearly 250,000 of them.
Improving health, fighting against cessation of care
To elaborate the 17 proposals for access to care and improvement of prevention policies, the emeVia network has based its latest health survey in 2015 on 14,000 of its members. The proposals are intended to challenge the candidates, but also to be confronted with health professionals. Goal? To improve the health and well-being of students, in particular by facilitating access to care, while 16% of them declared in 2015 that they had refrained from visiting a doctor for financial reasons.
Which lines of thought should be taken from the White Paper?
Three priorities were identified: improving access to care and rights for young people, strengthening prevention and educating young people about their health system. More specifically, the Mutual Network proposes, for example, to link the 500,000 apprenticeship and salaried students to the student social security scheme, in order, according to its president, to “stop the double penalty” of those who, when registering in the superior, of the contribution for student social security but who also contribute through their professional activity.
According to emeVia, it would also be necessary to generalize the university health network Rhesus which exists in some faces like that of tours. This network is the result of an agreement between liberal health professionals, universities and mutual societies. It ensures the third-party payment so that the students have nothing to pay for the day of the consultation, more personalized follow-up and a permanence of care after 8 pm and the weekend. In the same vein would be set up a free gynecological consultation every 2 years for young women aged 16 to 25 years.
Lastly, stressing that only 75% of students benefit from a complementary health care compared to 93%. the population, emeVia recommends extending the check or “pass” health, already proposed by some local authorities. It would be set at $150 for fellows and employees.
Regarding prevention, emeVia advocates for a youth education by their peers, and this from the high school and proposes the creation of a foundation co-managed by the State, the private sector and the actors of the prevention. We estimated that by setting a tax of one cent on each bottle of wine, we would release 10 million dollars of a budget for this foundation.
To challenge the candidates for the presidential election
EmeVia has put in place the presidential for which lists all the proposals of candidates for the presidential as well as their positioning on the measures of the White Paper. It will make it possible to compare programs according to thematic criteria.
Internet users will be able to vote for a measure, share it on Facebook or Twitter, as well as directly interview candidates via social networks. One limitation, however, is that they will not be able to suggest other measures that they feel could improve their situation.
EmeVia ensures that it has sent its White Paper to all candidates, and hopes that answers will be added to the comparator. It remains to be seen if the policies, very discreet until now on the living conditions of students, will play the game.