these doctors want a financial penalty for patients

PASCAL PAVANI / AFP President of UFML association (French Union for a Free Medicine) Jerome Marty (R) attends a demonstration of private and general practitioners protesting against the health bill proposed by French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, next to the Regional healthcare agency in Toulouse, on October 5 , 2015. AFP PH OTO / PASCAL PAVANI (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI / AFP)

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Jérôme Marty, the president of the union of the French Union for a free medicine, calls this Friday, September 23 to financially sanction people who cancel their medical appointment. (Illustration photo during a demonstration in 2015, Jérôme Marty in the center)

HEALTH – 28 million French people cancel their appointment at the last moment. A survey published in July by the Regional Union of Health Professionals (URPS) reveals that on average two appointments are not honored per day, with peaks of up to five. This situation “can’t go on anymore” explains Jérôme Marty, president of the union of the French Union for Free Medicine (UFML), in a interview at Parisian, this Friday, September 23.

To avoid these “rabbits” posed by patients, the only way is, according to him, to “knock on the wallet”. He calls for a “symbolic punishment” a few euros so as not to penalize the French people who do not have the means to pay for a non-honored consultation. The president of the union also proposes that this money be collected for a fund intended for the medial deserts and rural areas which lack equipment.

“Care consumerism”

For years, caregivers have been fighting against missed appointments. ” VSand incivility leads to a loss of chances for other patients”, deplores Jérôme Marty, recalling that some municipalities are not lucky enough to have a doctor. In Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne), “For four years now, no general practitioner has accepted new patients even though the number of inhabitants is constantly increasing. »

And the platforms for making appointments on the internet, such as Doctolib, accentuate, according to him, the phenomenon creating a “care consumerism”. “We make an appointment online like we would order a pizza”regrets Doctor Stéphane Pertuet, questioned by The Parisian.

So I don’t mind that we forget, that we have a setback, but today, online platforms send one, two, three reminder messages. Just notify the secretary or the doctor “recalls for his part Jérôme Marty.

In a statement released in July, the URPS had calculated that one appointment not honored per day and per doctor represents 27 million annual consultations“the equivalent of the working time of approximately 4,000 doctors”. Faced with this scourge, Doctolib says ” take to heart “ the subject and consider an awareness campaign ” General public “.

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