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Free healthcare for terror victims

Simplified procedure removes responsibility for healthcare from military health organisations and makes cover immediate

PEOPLE injured in terrorist attacks will receive immediate free healthcare as a result of new laws.

The new rules apply to those “present in places where a terrorist act has occurred and suffering from immediate physical or psychological problems” and to those who later develop problems related to the attack.

All injuries, physical and psychological, that are related to the incident are covered, although not dépassements d'honoraires - charges by medical practitioners that go beyond the typical limits outlined by the State.

Special dispensation had already been given to the victims of the Paris attacks of November 13.

The Caisse nationale de l'assurance maladie des travailleurs salariés will take over the bureaucratic side of healthcare for the victims who had previously needed to deal with a national military health care body and wait for a disability pension before they could access free healthcare.

The new rules also allow victims of terror attacks to start receiving benefits for lost days of work immediately instead of waiting for minimum periods as is currently the case with staff who are sick or injured.

Other health costs such as a dentistry, mobility aids, prosthetics etc will all be covered.
Photo:Flickr/Jean-François Gornet

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