A price increase has been demanded for several months by the main unions of private doctors. Health Insurance opened the way, Thursday, February 8, to pricing at 30 euros for consultations with general practitioners while demanding in return “developments in favor of improving the health of the population”.
In a communicatedhealth insurance “confirms that it is ready to finance an increase in the general practitioner consultation to 30 euros and increase measures specific to each of the specialties”. However, these “will only be implemented if they are accompanied by other developments aimed at improving the health of the population” in the current negotiations, added Medicare.
The six unions representing private doctors have been meeting since early Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) to negotiate prices for the next five years. These negotiations are expected to continue in the coming weeks, with Medicare announcing a new plenary session “in the first half of March”.
Counterparties in exchange for the tariff increase
The consultation at 30 euros – against 26.50 euros since November 2023 – 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.
Their proposal is therefore not without compensation. Health Insurance therefore requests that the negotiations make it possible to reach a “ambitious overhaul of flat-rate remuneration”with the possibility of remuneration “entirely flat rate” 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”.
She 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.
The World with AFP