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These patients with other pathologies who no longer treat themselves, a time bomb?

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DECRYPTION – Between complex care of the chronically ill and patients who no longer consult, doctors fear that the health of French people will deteriorate on the fringes of the epidemic.

By Soline Roy and Cécile Thibert
General practitioners are alarmed that their patients, especially the most fragile, desert their offices (above, an empty waiting room in rural areas), even in the event of serious disorders.
General practitioners are alarmed that their patients, especially the most fragile, desert their offices (above, an empty waiting room in rural areas), even in the event of serious disorders. Romain Longieras / Romain Longieras

“You don’t bother us!” Will the call of general practitioners ring out in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic? In their offices or in the emergency services, everyone makes the same observation: whether they are afraid of meeting infected patients, of disturbing their doctor or whether they follow the authorities’ instructions too much, patients do not come more and the waiting rooms remain empty.

And the doctors are worried: could patients without Covid-19, who are indeed sick, become a time bomb? “We are afraid of the state in which we will find our patients in two, three months or more. Not to consult when it is necessary, it is to take the risk of letting develop a problem which will be much more difficult to treat later “, insists a petition launched by the Dr Jean-Baptiste Blanc, general practitioner in Paris, and signed by more than 350 doctors. After the Covid-19 patient tsunami that submerges

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