Health democracy, swept away by the pandemic?


DECRYPTION – The crisis has had a magnifying effect on the weaknesses of our health democracy.

The Covid-19 epidemic has put health democracy to the test. A shame, as we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the law which engraved in stone the participation of citizens and patient associations in the health system. “The management of the crisis has indeed turned out to be hypercentralized and very political, marked by mistrust vis-à-vis the administration and citizens, and by a low degree of association of the movements of patients and users. of the healthcare system”noted Henri Bergeron, research director at the CNRS in a text published in The Health forums, devoted to the twenty years of the Kouchner law. A movement observed almost everywhere in the world. “We have replaced medical paternalism with political paternalism”remarks Emmanuel Hirsch, director of the ethical reflection space for the Île-de-France region.

Why has the management of the pandemic been marked by health strategies that are very suspicious of society?

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