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The doctors collective for tomorrow calls for closing their firms this week. Its main claim: multiply by two the price of consultations, for general practitioners as for specialists.

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They again put their blouse in the closet. Despite the call of the authorities to "the sacred union" to "relieve" hospitals overwhelmed by the "triple epidemic" of Covid-19, bronchiolitis and flu , liberal doctors are again called to close their cabinets One week, from Monday, December 26, to claim an improvement in their exercise conditions.

supported by certain unions (UFML, FMF, SML, young doctors), the Doctors collective for tomorrow, at the origin of this movement, succeeded in a first coup on December 1 and 2. His watchword closed medical offices, for example, resulted in a drop in activity of around 30% among generalists, according to health insurance. The main claim of the collective is a doubling of the basic consultation rate, which would drop from 25 to 50 euros.

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"A shock of attractiveness"

by multiplying by two the price of consultations, for general practitioners as for specialists, "doctors for tomorrow" intends to create a "shock of attractiveness" towards city medicine that lacks And no longer attracts young practitioners. "General practitioners settle less and less. But you also have a whole category of specialties that are rare. Some are disappearing in the territory, such as psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, pediatricians, or endocrinologists", reacted Monday at the microphone of Franceinfo Noëlle Cariclet, psychiatrist in Ile-de-France and spokesperson for the movement.

"These are specialties that are also undervaluation because they are walking at the consultation which has not seen its pricing increase for more than 20 years."

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Noëlle Cariclet, psychiatrist in Île-de-France and spokesperson for the doctors for tomorrow

in Franceinfo

The practitioner emphasizes that the collective wishes "a revaluation of the contracts contract", that is to say reimbursed by security social and by complementary health.

If the Liberals on strike demand this revaluation, it is not "to put everything in [their] pocket", specifies to France 3 Center-Val de Loire Antoine Soubieux, generalist in Joué-lès-Tours (Indre- et-Loire). For this elected representative of the UFML union, the benefits identified would allow doctors to "invest", in particular by hiring medical secretaries who would unload them from certain administrative tasks. "The [health insurance] cash register could even be a winner, because if you have a better care, there is less need for additional exams, or to bring the patients back!" Adds this doctor.

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Calits decried by certain unions

, the fact remains that this claim is not unanimous within the profession. "It does not make much sense. A consultation for an angina, it is not the same work as a consultation for someone who has chronic and complicated diseases", reacts for Franceinfo Agnès Giannotti , president of the MG France's doctors' union, who has not joined the collective doctors for tomorrow "

" the profession is very very badly treated, between a displayed contempt and working conditions that deteriorate. Anger, we share it, but the claims are not ours. "

Agnès Giannotti, president president of the MG France

union in Franceinfo

The president of the MG France union recognizes, however, that it is necessary to" improve working conditions " , in particular with "medical assistants to be able to accommodate more patients".

interviewed by Franceinfo , Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, Minister Delegate responsible for territorial organization and health professions, calls "for all" at the time Where the hospital is under tension. However, it promises proposals "in the coming weeks" to answer at the time of strike by liberal doctors.

"I see a lot of doctors who are ready to work with us [on] how we gives off medical time, "said the minister. She praises the merits of the medical assistant system set up by State ." The stake is both to retain professionals who are in place and it is also to give prospects to engage our young people in the health professions, "says Agnès Firmin Le Bodo.

How many doctors in Europe are paid? .
© Jessica Bordeau / BSIP / BSIP via AFP The unions of liberal doctors call for mobilization this week, at least until next Monday. They demand better remuneration. A consultation with a general practitioner costs an average of 25 euros in France. But how much does a consultation with other European doctors cost? for the second time since the beginning of the month, the unions of liberal doctors call for strike .

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