Good news on glasses, crowns and hearing aids

.... But you should still shop around for the right cover

A range of glasses and dental prostheses will be absolutely free for patients from next year.

Top-up health insurance providers will be obliged to pay the difference between state reimbursement and the actual cost of the items.

Hearing aids will be included from 2021.

The “reste à charge zéro” plan will not cover all products but there will be a wide range.

It affects the majority of top-up contracts – those labelled responsable, meaning they adhere to a set of regulations drawn up by the government to ensure limited prices and obligatory levels of cover.

Opticians will be obliged to have two sets of glasses on sale.

In the range available at no cost, lenses should cover all general sight problems and be slim, anti-glare and anti-scratch.

There must be 17 adult frames on offer, with a choice of two colours for each, and 10 different frames for children, also with a choice of two colours. Frames, which must respect European standards, must cost a maximum €30.

In the second set are all other products, such as designer frames, where health insurance companies will cover up to €100 of the cost, but no ...

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