LABORATORY MEDICINE IN FRANCE - A JEOPARDIZED SITUATION

Citation
Pm. Valdiguie et al., LABORATORY MEDICINE IN FRANCE - A JEOPARDIZED SITUATION, Clinica chimica acta, 267(1), 1997, pp. 51-62
Citations number
12
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Medical Laboratory Technology",Biology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0009-8981
Volume
267
Issue
1
Year of publication
1997
Pages
51 - 62
Database
ISI
SICI code
0009-8981(1997)267:1<51:LMIF-A>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The expenses for health care in France have risen considerably during the present decade, ranking third after USA and Canada in the Western world. In spite of the very low cost of laboratory medicine (2.4% of t he total expenditure in 1995), clinical laboratories have undergone a severe squeeze, due to two limiting factors; a decrease in the orderin g of laboratory tests from private physicians and a reduction in the t otal expenses for laboratory services from the Social Security. Conseq uently, there has been unemployment of technical and secretarial staff and severe restriction in investment for buying new equipment. Howeve r, hospital laboratories will manage to assume their challenge in deve loping robotics, automation, molecular pathology techniques and expert systems. Private laboratories, in spite of their efforts to follow th e technological advances in automation, will survive thanks to consoli dation of regional networks that operate in a cooperative rather than competitive mode. Therefore, the challenge will be not in the adaptati on of clinical laboratories, but in the limitation of overspending at the national level and in modification of the behaviour of irresponsib le citizens accustomed to spending freely on health care services. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.