Medical deserts: Ariègeois’ galley to find a doctor is highlighted

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There are many in the ward who ask not to get sick, especially when one knows the difficulty of finding a doctor. Ariégeois, tired of these painful situations, testifies.

In our Sunday edition, we made a rather alarming inventory of the medical situation in Ariège. In the ward, 39 municipalities out of the 327 in the ward are classified as “level 0” by the website le-guide-santé.org, synonymous with three access difficulties and therefore a medical desert. Among the difficulties that make it possible to determine the classification of municipalities, one of the criteria is easy access to a doctor. And the least we can say is that here the task is not easy.

GPs often no longer accept new patients due to overtime, or they retire without being replaced. In these two cases, on arrival, it is the patients who toast. This is especially the case with Hervé, 69, who lives with his heartbroken wife in Villeneuve-d’Olmes. For him, the galley was quickly associated with anxiety. “I look after my wife who had a cardiac arrest and who has to take medicine every day. The problem is that our doctor in Lavelanet retired without being replaced. The result of the races is that I have to go around the whole of Ariège to find a doctor quickly, because we only have stock for fourteen days. »

“It’s still crazy to think that you can get treatment because a doctor has shown ‘kindness'”

In his approach, Hervé tried to contact the regional health authority, but he was told that “it was not [leur] competence “. The pensioner was then redirected to Medicare, who did not pick up the phone.” I felt really helpless. In total, I spent three weeks without a doctor. »

“I heard about my doctor’s retirement via his answering machine”

Fortunately for him, because of Hervé’s perseverance, he managed to find a doctor in Laroque-d’Olmes who agreed to accept him. “I consider myself lucky,” he said, relieved afterwards. In Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains, Françoise fell from above. The 68-year-old woman, who had suffered from a pathology for more than fifteen years, did not expect to hear the news that her attending physician was retiring by ordering a phone call. ‘I called and got the answering machine announcing that he was retiring. I was very angry. »

To find a new doctor, she first sent an email to ARS, which, like Hervé, redirected her to CPAM. The latter can help you find a GP if your retiring. Fortunately, it did not have to come to that. “Out of kindness, my husband’s doctor accepted me. It’s still crazy to think we can get treatment because a doctor has shown kindness …”

Pierre’s mother, a nurse from Lavelanet, is 89 years old. While her GP has retired, it is now the same big question mark as all the others protruding in front of her. The nurse testified: “In Lavelanet, the town hall’s doctor’s office has four doctors, but they no longer take patients. My mother is in a dead end to have her prescriptions refilled for her hypertension. He, the health professional, regrets that he has seen the number of calls for help multiply in his department, which he does not consider attractive enough. “In Mirepoix, there is a large poster at the end of the town that says ‘We are looking for one or two doctors’, it is unfortunately representative of the state of medical desertification where part of the ward is located.”

“Emergencies are almost no longer addressed”

Laurent is 53 years old and lives in Nalzen. For this man, followed by several specialists in Ariège and its neighboring departments, the time of the country’s doctors is over. “I am a little sorry that doctors want to work during office hours. Even emergencies are no longer treated systematically. The other day at the dentist, a gentleman came for emergency use and we asked him if he was really in pain to see if we could offer him an appointment during the week. It’s pretty annoying when you think about it. »

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