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Faced with historic shortages, public hospitals are “eagerly” awaiting price increases.

Public hospitals facing historic deficits are “looking forward” to a revaluation of prices, Arnaud Robinet, president of the French Hospital Federation, recalled on TF 1 on Monday. “Some industries, some specialties deserve to be revalued, others a little less,” he adds.

With limited finances, government officials must soon make decisions about changing the level of hospitalizations covered by health insurance by 2024, as they do every year. In early March, public hospitals called on the executive to “significantly” increase prices, which were “outdated” due in part to inflation.

These price scales (for example, the cost of cataract or appendicitis surgery) determine about 60% of public hospital revenues.

“Reorganization throughout the territory”

Asked about possible savings on health care at a time when the executive is planning cuts to public finances, Arnaud Robinet replied: “At FHF we don’t always ask for more money, we say we need to be more efficient, stop hospitals. -centrism, improve coordination between public medicine and public hospitals, we ask for a programming law.” According to him, the health care system needs “reorganization throughout the territory.”

“Six in ten French people said they had refused medical care at least once in the past five years for several reasons, mainly too long waiting times at certain services and lack of access to care in areas where there are no medical professionals. – noted Arnaud Robinet. Emergency departments are a “crossroads of difficulty,” he stressed, arguing that 40% of patients can be treated by local medicine.

“People are dying because they were not properly diagnosed and not treated properly” in Châteauroux’s emergency department, the city’s mayor Gilles Averus (ex-LR) recently warned, saying he had “never encountered such a poor state of service ” public hospital.”

The FHF president and mayor of Reims, who “got shivers down my spine from this call,” decided on Monday that he “may have been a little harsh in the words he used.” “I tell our fellow citizens that they can come to the emergency room and be taken care of, depending on the severity and priorities,” he said, reasoning that “we don’t die in the emergency room.”

Source: Le Parisien

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