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“We are waiting impatiently”: public hospitals insist on the urgency of an increase in their prices

Public hospitals, with a historic deficit, are “impatiently awaiting” an increase in prices, the president of the French Hospital Federation recalled on Monday, also pleading for “better coordination between city medicine and public hospitals”.

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“We are waiting impatiently”: public hospitals insist on the urgency of an increase in their prices

Public hospitals, with a historic deficit, are “impatiently awaiting” an increase in prices, the president of the French Hospital Federation recalled on Monday, also pleading for “better coordination between city medicine and public hospitals”. About three weeks after public hospitals appealed to the executive to “significantly” increase their rates which had become “obsolete” due in particular to inflation, “we are waiting impatiently”, declared the president of the FHF, Arnaud Robinet , on TF1.

“Certain sectors deserve to be upgraded, others a little less,” he added. In a context of constrained finances, the public authorities must soon make their decisions concerning the evolution for 2024 of hospitalization rates covered by Health Insurance, as they do every year.

These price scales - what price for cataract surgery or appendicitis, for example - determine around 60% of public hospital revenues. Asked about possible savings in health, at a time when the executive is planning cuts in public finances, Arnaud Robinet replied: “At the FHF, we do not always ask for more money, we say that we need to be more efficient, stop hospital-centrism, have better coordination between community medicine and the public hospital, we are asking for a programming law.”

According to him, what is necessary for the health system is “a reorganization across the entire territory”. “Six out of ten French people said they had given up on care at least once in the last five years for multiple reasons, mainly waiting times that were too long in certain services and a lack of access to care in areas without healthcare professionals. health,” pointed out Arnaud Robinet. Emergency rooms are “the crossroads of difficulties”, he underlined, affirming that 40% of patients could be taken care of by community medicine.

“People are dying because they have not been properly diagnosed and taken care of” in the emergency rooms of Châteauroux, the mayor of this town, Gil Averous (ex-LR), recently warned, saying he had “never experienced such disrepair of the service public hospital. The president of the FHF - and mayor of Reims -, for whom "this call sends shivers down the spine", judged on Monday that he had "perhaps been a little strong in the words used". “I tell our fellow citizens that they can come to the emergency room and will be taken care of, depending on the severity and priorities,” he said, judging that “you don’t die in the emergency room.”

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