The Minister of Health lists five pillars to support general practitioners

Frank Vandenbroucke in plenary session in the Chamber © Belga Image

The content of the reform had previously been leaked in the newspaper Le Soir.

The Federal Ministry of Health is focusing its reform on five pillars: ensuring a sufficient number of general practitioners (practitioners) and their proper distribution; reduce unnecessary bureaucracy; improve accessibility for patients; focus on an organizational model to accommodate more people; and develop a balanced funding model that better accounts for availability, intra- and interdisciplinary cooperation, continuity of care, quality, prevention, and empowerment.

An ambitious reform

In general, the reform attacks in particular to simplify the administrative procedure in relation to authorized medicines, which are subject to conditions for medical and/or budgetary reasons; eliminate the obligation of a medical certificate for absences of one day (up to three times a year) or continue with the digitization of the profession.

Mr. Vandenbroucke (Vooruit) also proposes that access to the general practitioner be free for children and young adults who benefit from the preferential rate and who have opened a Global Medical File (GMD). A budget of 5.5 million euros has been foreseen. The goal is not only to improve accessibility but also to encourage young people to open a DMG.

The Flemish socialist also wants to dedicate his efforts to lavish “right care in the right place by the right person”,for the sake of efficient use of budget resources but also to provide quality content to professions”. This includes delegating tasks, whether to administrative staff, nurses, assistants or other care providers such as psychologists, pharmacists, etc.

The Minister of Health also wants to review the financing of general medicine, maintaining part of the financing of the service but reducing ” the pressure on GPs to get a certain volume at all costs. We must move towards a more integrated financing of care “appeal. “The fundamental question must be: what care should general practice be able to guarantee, what resources are needed for this purpose, and how can stable funding be ensured?”

East “New Deal for the 21st century GP” it should be done in consultation with (young) doctors and experts, the Minister stresses.

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