The 40th Congress of ICMIF member FNMF (Fédération nationale de la mutualité française, also known as Mutualité Francaise) will be held in Nice from October, 18 to 20, and over 2500 delegates are expected to attend from all the mutual member organisations of FNMF across France.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Access to healthcare; what role for Mutuality? What role for mutuals?” There is also a report with the same title released by FNMF for this year’s conference.
For the President of FNMF, Etienne Caniard, one of the main objectives of this year’s conference is “the reduction of inequalities for people in access to healthcare.” This theme was chosen in order to “determine how the mutual movement and mutuals themselves, the day to day providers of healthcare to the French people, can help reduce inequality.”
The President of France, François Hollande, will speak on Saturday, October 20, to close the conference. The Minister for Health, Marisol Touraine, and the Minister for the Social Economy, Benoît Hamon, will also attend the conference on Thursday, October 18.
ICMIF is pleased to be supporting this event and will be present on the International and European mutuals stand during the Conference to meet with FNMF members and to share experiences of other mutuals around the world. Other organisations present will be AMICE (Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe) and AIM (Association internationale de la Mutualité).
Almost all the health mutuals in France are members of the FNMF federation (close to 500 member organisations in total). Just under six out of every 10 people in France are protected by a mutual, that is to say there are 38 million people who benefit from being a member of a healthcare mutual.
For the first time ever FNMF will broadcast some of the highlights of the Conference online so that those who are not able to be there in person can watch and listen to the main speeches. This will include the presentations given by President François Hollande, Ministers Marisol Touraine and Benoît Hamon and the President of FNMF, Etienne Caniard. These presentations will be available on the FNMF web site home page.
FNMF is currently running a media campaign also to highlight the difficulty of gaining access to healthcare for those who are not members of a mutual; particularly in terms of the high costs of healthcare for those without protection.