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A congress in Padova

16 Jun

Social insurance medicine specialists gathered in Padova

So it is the last day of my first international medical congress. Saturday 6:00 AM, i’m waiting for the bus for the Marco Polo Airport at the Padova railway-station.
The participants were a majority of Italian health services Doctors, all of them talking fluently English (lectures were in this language ). Then came attendees from the Eastern European countries (Romania, Slovenia…), the Northern Europe: Norway, Netherlands, German, Belgium, Swiss. Given the size of its population, France was under represented, not to mention Spain, Portugal or Greece which sent nobody (despite the social difficulties those countries are confronted with). Since Bismarck and Beveridge Social Security is more a Protestant than Catholic countries affair although Italian social insurance Doctors were greatly represented in the Padova congress (mainly those from the INAIL a.k.a. the Italian National Insurance Institute for Industrial Accidents).
It’s simple, in Padova palazzio are everywhere , even at the railway-station there is a palazzio.
All the congress sessions where in palazios which is a little bit strange for a congress dedicated mainly to social security and social difficulties endured by people insured to healthcare and pension funds (May I can recall that the congress topic was the social security challenges in Europe?). But I admitt that it would be utterly snobbish to refuse to enter in a palazzio in a town like Padova given that such facilities are not the exception but the rule overthere! Anyway, all was perfect, Italian people have an innate way to be always elegant and handsome and the Dolce Vita (douceur de Vivre) is not an empty word here. People move with an elegance you can not find anywhere else. Astonishingly for an Italian town bicycles seems to be a habitual and usual mode of transportation which contradict the reputation of car fan the Italians bear since Fangio.
I shared thoughts and ideas with the Director of Medical Assessment Division of the Pension and Invalidity Insurance Institute of Slovenia who heartily invited me for an eventual lecture at the 3rd International Congress of Medical Assessors which would take place in Maribor, Slovenia (a little brother of the EUMASS congress we could say in one sense).












A health services author blog

12 May

I would like to share an interesting Blog written by a French physician adviser of the French Social Security.

Drug companies use direct-to-prescriber advert...

Drug companies use direct-to-prescriber advertising in an effort to convince prescribers to dispense as written with brand-name products rather than generic drugs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Written in French it gives good advises to insured people but also to care providers for dealing with the administrative rules which, as every body knows, are some times indubitably complicated. I congratulate this health services author for giving a consequent part of his time to the writing of this useful website accessible to the lay person as well as to the professional.
As often when the author of a blog belongs to an administration or a company under the supervision of the government, the blogger seems to prefer to stay anonymous since I was unable to find the name of the author. But nevertheless the content is noticeable since it addresses such sensitive topics as work loss compensation, pay for performance, off label prescription, psycho social disorders at work, disability, generic drugs, new drug approval etc…

More content:

European Union of Medicine in Assurance and Social Security

25 Mar

Social Security Challenges in Europe

I’m very glad to announce to my readers that an abstract that I have proposed with my colleagues has been accepted and is for now enlisted in the tentative program updated the 12th March 2012. The nineteenth Congress of the European Union of Medicine in Assurance and Social Security will stand this year from the 14th to the 16th of June in Padova, Italia.

The topic will be: Social Security Challenges in Europe and the spectrum of the themes addressed is large:

  1. Population and work force challenges in Europe
  2. A healthy worker in a healthy workplace
  3. Evidence based benefit decisions
  4. Return to work: what works?
  5. The influence of e-health on healthcare


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.

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