Le quotidien du médecin

10 Jan

Today is a celebration day. One of the most read daily medical news-paper in France, especially by general practitioners, has just quoted, in its January 9th, 2012 issue, the Health Services Authors blog.


The author of a letter published by the Quotidien du Médecin, Dr Olivier Guilhot, a general practitioner giving primary cares in a disadvantaged suburb of Marseilles, made a reference to two posts of the Health Services Authors blog: this one and this one.
I’m very pleased that this blog could be used as a material in an interesting debate about the risk of moral hazard attached to the declarative side of the financial incentives attribution procedure in the brand new P4P implemented in France last summer. This is the mission statement of health services authors blog to participate and fuel all the discussions in the health services policy provided that they are grounded on sound research results. If I do not endorse the entire contents of the letter nevertheless I was sensitive to some very stylish excerpts like for example the evocation of the ghosts of fathers of the social security system in 1945 (now all dead), victorious of the Nazis, inheriting the solidarity spirit from the concentration camps, assisting to an actual meeting and standing up and leaving the assembly when hearing a health care provider saying that it’s just sufficient to declare you succeeded the objectives to receive the financial incentive. I know the great majority of my colleagues are not that greedy. But here we touch the critical point: the moral hazard like insurers say.

7 Responses to “Le quotidien du médecin”

  1. Olivier Guilhot January 11, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Très difficile de trouver vos coordonnées
    téléphoniques !
    Des sa rédaction , aidée par vos articles en ligne , j’ai en effet cherché a vous contacter.
    Pour vous remercier .
    Mon portable privé: $$$$$$
    Le débat est d’importance; je crains que nous en soyons privés.
    Bien cordialement.
    Olivier GUILHOT

  2. Nicolas Prince January 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    A Olivier Guilhot: je n’ai pas envie de m’abonner au QdM, papier ou en ligne, est-il possible de vous lire ailleurs ?
    Merci à vous.

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    • Ha-Vinh January 12, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Alina
      This is exactly what, in France, we are not allowed to do: make advertisement for health care providers. But I keep in line your comment, only for didactic reasons. Of course if you had been a French radiologist I would have spammed your comment and moreover, the French National Board of the Physicians would have sued you!
      One of the numerous differences existing between Health services in America an France!!
      Sincerely yours

  4. abbrakile August 21, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Soon autumn, hurry to say goodbye to summer!).

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