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    This is good news if it comes off, especially the recruitment of doctors, there is a great shortage of them in rural areas.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans to make France’s health care system, considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years.
    Macron announced on Tuesday organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies to provide health care to patients across the country, regardless of where they live.

    Macron said “a lot of our neighbors envy the excellence of our health care system. We are attached to our model which associates hospital medicine – public and private – and private medical practice.”

    France came out number 1 in a World Health Organization report comparing 191 countries in 2000.

    But the country’s health care system is struggling with increasing costs and lack of doctors in some rural region and poor neighborhoods.

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    Just an add-on to this (now that I’ve finished painting for the day!)

    Speaking of the shortages of doctors and to repeat what I said earlier, there is a great shortage of them in rural areas around here, just recently our GP retired as did the only other GP in that small town, neither will be replaced. We were lucky enough to be added to the practice of a GP in the village that we have just moved to, the only one of the two GP’s here taking new patients, but he is past retirement age. I have seen signs along the roadside in certain areas advertising for doctors so it is a real problem.

    Have any of you in your areas noticed the problem?

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    Yes deffo fruitcake, also signs everywhere on the north coast here. Not just a shortage of Medicins  either but opthamalogues, kinés etc. I am seeing a kiné at the moment who has finally found a replacement after 3 years of looking so she can now finally retire…

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    It seems to have been a problem for some years now, Fruitcake, I remember reading articles about it a few years back.  There must be incentives the French government can offer younger doctors and their families to move to less populated areas. I suppose younger families want to be nearer the larger towns and cities where there are more facilities within easy reach for them.

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    There is a big panel on the side of the Neulliac roundabout just outside of Pontivy on that new road, where they are recruiting a Doc for their commune.

    I have heard that many Doctors don’t want to work in the rural areas. They want to go and work near the coastal areas.

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    Well, let’s hope Macron keeps to his word about the recruitment of doctors.

    I understand, as tigre and Gleaner have said, the pull of more populated/coastal areas but if an incentive could be sorted out to attract them to the more rural areas they might be more tempted.

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    Newly qualified doctors don’t want to set up in a single-doctor practice, they would rather be part of a medical centre with other doctors, both for the purposes of employment security and on-site colleagues to discuss issues with. Some communes have even decided to advertise for doctors who will be salaried by the commune, instead of being a médecin libérale, which means they don’t have to worry about all the usual administrative stumbling blocks that go with the liberal professions.

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    Yes, I can see the appeal of a medical centre for newly qualified doctors and there are more and more of those opening in towns. I wonder how successful a commune funded doctor idea will be?

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    Earlier this year we were asked by friends to show their house to prospective tenants.  One of the people who viewed the house was a doctor.  Apparently, in an attempt to attract more doctors to our town, the commune paid the rent for the first six months, although they did offer less than the asking price.

     

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    Our Doctor in Belle isle en Terre retired and no replacement was made.  The other doc in the area is also about to retire I believe….so people are forced to look further afield for doctor.
    We are fortunate in that we have managed to get registered with another a little further away Louargat – a modern practice with three Doctors of which two of them speak English plus other medical services.

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    When our GP (male) retired in March 2011 we were concerned if we might get a replacement. We didn’t…..we got two, one male, one female. We have lots of Kinesiotherapistes here too. The only area where there seems to be a shortage is dentists. We are right on the coast so I think perhaps we are lucky that many health professionals want to live by the sea (as do we!).

     

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