The right also points to the right the cost of the project. “It is estimated at 110 million francs per year for the moment but it could increase over the years,” added Damien Cottier.
Of this sum, 70 million francs will be taken, equally between employers and employees, and 40 million will be borne by public authorities. “The accumulation of levies is problematic”, explained PLR deputy Quentin di Meo, representative of the Neuchâtel Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Currently, the three Neuchâtel levies (vocational training, training contract and reception structures) amount to 60 million francs for employers per year. They would amount to 95 million with this dental insurance, added Quentin di Meo.
In an impossible situation
The financing of this dental insurance “would complicate the discussions on the future of the training contract”, added Lionel Martin, president of the Neuchâtel UDC. During the tax reform, employers had accepted the principle of the training contract in favor of apprentices with an employer contribution of 0.58%, provided that there is no additional puncture for five years. This scheme ends at the end of 2024.
“This insurance would put the canton in an impossible situation,” added Damien Cottier. Especially since currently, the canton and the municipalities “would already not be able to assume the 40 million at their expense”, specified Lionel Martin.
The entire opposing profession
In terms of care, “this initiative is a false good idea”, explained Marc-Emmanuel Grossen, representative of the Swiss Society of Dentists (SSO) Neuchâtel. The most expensive treatments (implants, crowns and orthodontics) will not be covered.