Bill for missed medical appointments? “No taboo” for Braun

French Health Minister Francois Braun (L) speaks with a SAMU emergency unit doctor Andre Puget during the inauguration of the UAPED unit for children in danger at the Timone hospital in Marseille on September 9, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)

CHRISTOPHE SIMÓN / AFP French Health Minister Francois Braun (L) speaks with a SAMU emergency unit doctor Andre Puget during the inauguration of the UAPED unit for children in danger at the Timone hospital in Marseille on September 9, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)

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François Braun (on the left), the Minister of Solidarity and Health, declares that he wants to sanction missed medical appointments this Tuesday, September 27, on France info. (illustrative photo)

HEALTH – 28 million missed appointments each year. “We have to solve this problem. What is inadmissible is not warning, declared François Braun, this Tuesday, September 27 at the microphone of France news. the Minister of Solidarity and Health expressed his determination to fight the “don’t-come-not-warned” in liberal and in the hospital, even if it means making patients foot the bill.

“Should we charge missed medical appointments ? » the journalist questioned the Minister who answered without distraction: “ As part of the discussions that I will launch in early October, this is a topic that will be on the table. There is no taboo. Is it charging them, finding another solution…”. He supports his position by explaining that a last minute impediment can justify the cancellation of an appointment, but it is not normal not to notify.

The platforms in question

This statement follows the request of the union of the French Union for Free Medicine (UFML) for a sanction of “from 1, 2 or 3 euros” for each missed appointment. In an interview in Parisian, the president of the union, Jérôme Marty, proposed in particular that this money be raised for a fund intended for medial deserts and rural areas that lack facilities.

The union also criticizes platforms, such as Doctolib, for creating ” consumerism of care. For his part, the Minister says that he wants to involve the platforms in government discussions to ” avoid making three appointments at the same time with the same specialist and then go to choose”.

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