The four unions representing liberal doctors ( National Union of Specialist Doctors of the Private Sector, National Union of General Medicine of the Private Sector, National Union of Doctors of the Liberal Sector, the National Association of Private Clinics and the National Federation of Dentists and Dental Surgeons of the private sector) yesterday organized a meeting general by videoconference, with Compulsory Health Insurance as a central axis.
The meeting of white coats will have seen the participation in gender and number of 5,876 doctors. First of all, the latter confirmed the full and unconditional involvement of the corporation, in order to contribute to the success of the royal social protection workshops, to continue in all circumstances their mobilization to face Dame Covid, as well as all implement at the service of the citizen, to contribute to allowing him fair and fluid access to treatment. That said, our doctors in the liberal sector, through the voice of the four unions, also expressed their total disapproval of the contribution rate set for them in the decree acknowledging their membership in the AMO (Compulsory Health Insurance) scheme and managed by the CNSS.
Liberal doctors, according to the document which makes law, must contribute on the basis of a fixed income of 4 times the value of the SMIG for general practitioners and 5.5 times the SMIG for specialists, which somewhere is an injustice. flagrant compared to what is done for other corporations. They also demanded an upgrade of their situation in accordance with equity in order to benefit from health coverage similar to that of pharmacists, notaries and engineers… by adopting the base of 3 times the value of the SMIC, an alignment fairer and more legitimate to determine their participation.
In addition, for private doctors, what was determined did not take into account the social situation of large groups of female doctors and doctors, and does not in any way mention their sacrifices (loss of lives among their ranks during this health crisis without a pension for their family, no health insurance or retirement) and their efforts to serve public health. So they all pleaded for liberal medicine to be upgraded, in order to be recognized as a private sector that fully provides a public service.
At the end of the speeches (representatives of trade unions and professional organizations), and after a well-provided debate, it was voted by an absolute majority (four unions representing doctors in the private sector) to maintain the strike scheduled for January 20, 2022 while ensuring that emergencies are covered in private clinics. It was also decided that in case the government fails to respond to this peaceful constitutional struggle and continues to ignore their demands, a second national strike will be resorted to within one month.
A call was also launched for the revision as soon as possible of the national reference tariff, signed in 2006 and where it had been agreed to revise it every 3 years, which was not respected (54% surcharge and treatment support for patients).
In short, our white coats ask to no longer be demonized while they constantly provide daily care to the sick without receiving any help or means of protection.