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An illustrative photo, taken in a medical office in Toulouse, January 5, 2023.
HEALTH – Claim heard. Health Insurance gave the green light this Thursday, February 8, to an increase to 30 euros for consultations with general practitioners, during price negotiations with unions of private practitioners. In return, it demands “ developments in favor of improving the health of the population ».
Health insurance “ confirms that it is ready to finance an upgrade of the general practitioner consultation to 30 euros and upgrade measures specific to each of the specialties”, she said in a press release. However, these will only be implemented if they are accompanied by other developments” in the current negotiations, she states.
The six unions representing private doctors have been meeting since early this afternoon at the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnam) to negotiate prices for the next five years. These negotiations must continue in the coming weeks, with Health Insurance announcing a new plenary session “ in the first half of March ».
The consultation at 30 euros – compared to 26.50 euros currently – is the minimum demand of the unions with regard to general practitioners. The government and Health Insurance had sent signals favorable to this increase in the price of consultations in recent months, but had not revealed their cards.
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The green light given this Thursday is not, however, without compensation. Health Insurance thus requests that the negotiations make it possible to achieve a “ ambitious overhaul of flat-rate remuneration »with the possibility of remuneration “ fully fixed price » for doctors who wish it.
She also asks for “ improvements in access to care »in particular a strengthening of the guards of liberal doctors “ first part of the night ». Health Insurance also wishes “ a very ambitious action program on the quality and relevance of care”a way of demanding more commitment from doctors to stem the inexorable growth of health spending.
Health Insurance particularly targets the consumption of medicines: France is the fourth country with the highest consumption of antibiotics in Europe, behind Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, according to figures from Public Health France.
Price negotiations with doctors failed last year. This failure led to the application of a provisional rate, increasing basic consultations by 1.50 euros, an amount deemed insufficient by all doctors’ unions even though the rates had not changed since 2017.
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