The number of sessions supported will however be limited, all within the limit of 60 euros per session.

The federations of mutuals, health insurance and provident institutions announced Monday the support of several consultations of psychologists per year, on medical prescription and “within the limit of 60 euros per session”.

Complementary health are taking the lead, while a meeting of ministers “on mental health” was scheduled for Monday afternoon in Matignon.

Their three federations have decided together to generalize the reimbursement “from the first euro” of liberal psychologists, “on medical orientation”.

For mutuals, “a minimum of four sessions per year may be supported up to a limit of 60 euros per session,” said the French Mutuality in a press release.

Same price for insurers, who however undertake to reimburse only “up to four consultations” per year, indicates the French Insurance Federation (FFA).

No immediate entry into force

The provident institutions (CTIP), specializing in company contracts, also promise to “strengthen their system of support for consultations with psychologists”.

However, this initiative will not immediately come into force: the three federations first wish to “initiate an exchange” with the unions of doctors and psychologists.

These are not currently covered by the Social Security, even if the Health Insurance has been testing for two years a reimbursement – on prescription from the attending physician – in four departments (Bouches-du-Rhône, Haute-Garonne, Landes , Morbihan).

A scheme encouraged by the Court of Auditors, which recommended in a report in February to “generalize as soon as possible”.

An emergency aggravated by the Covid-19: nearly two-thirds of 18-25 year olds (61%) believe that the health crisis “will have negative consequences on their mental health”, according to a survey carried out in January by the Ipsos institute for the FondaMental Foundation, a network of researchers on psychiatric illnesses.

When questioned spontaneously, nearly one in three young people (32%) said that they were personally concerned by at least one of the disorders suggested: depression, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, anxiety disorders, etc.