It is a welcome reinforcement for the 1,300 public hospitals in France who see the wave of coronavirus patients growing every day. On the front line, the public sector can count on the support of 1,700 private healthcare establishments (hospitals, clinics, follow-up care and rehabilitation establishments, etc., for-profit or non-profit). “Thank you to the private clinics in the region which today welcome more than 120 patients with Covid-19 in the service of resuscitation and support more than 400 patients in the services of medicine”, said Thursday March 26 on Twitter the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Grand Est, where 3,292 people were hospitalized, including 701 in intensive care, 50 more than the day before, Wednesday.
((#COVID ー 19) ERCThanks to private clinics in the region #GrandEst who now welcome more than 120 patients with Covid-19 on duty #resuscitation and support more than 400 #patients in the services of #Medicine 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/uDqBkoGOJ9
– ARS Grand Est (@ars_grand_est) March 26, 2020
In Île-de-France, one of the regions most affected by the epidemic, public hospitals are also starting to be overwhelmed. “In Seine-et-Marne, we will undoubtedly be this evening or tomorrow at the extreme limits of reception capacities”, alerted this Friday on BFM TV Frédéric Valletoux, president of the French Hospital Federation (FHF). “We are ready,” replies Lamine Gharbi, president of the Federation of Private Hospitalization (FHP), which brings together 500 private hospitals and clinics. Of the 900 resuscitation beds opened in the last 48 hours in the Ile-de-France region, 300 have been in the private sector, he said.
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In fact, as soon as the government launched the maximum white plan on March 13, hospitals and private clinics launched a real race for beds to welcome patients with Covid-19. “We immediately deprogramed non-emergency procedures, such as hernia or cataract operations, which affected 100,000 patients from the first week,” explains Lamine Gharbi. A first wave which immediately made it possible to free up some 15,000 “Covid” beds, plus 4,000 resuscitation and intensive care beds across the FHP.
Ramsay Santé, the leader in private hospitalization, for its part, has programmed about 45,000 operations for the rest of March, or 80% of its operating program. “We provide operations for which the deprogramming could have resulted in a loss of opportunity for patients, specifies its director general Pascal Roché. A third of our hospitalization capacities were already equipped with Covid on March 19, to help load shedding front-line establishments. ” At the end of last week, Ramsay Health establishments began to be contacted in the Lyon region, in Hauts de France and in Île-de-France, “where all our third-line establishments have just moved into second line and now welcome Covid patients like public facilities. “
A colossal financial effort
Capacities, managed jointly with the public hospital, supposed to adapt to the influx of cases. “Our resuscitation beds as well as continuous monitoring beds that could transform into resuscitation beds are and will be available to patients who need them,” explains Jacqueline Hubert, Director of Support and Transformation of Vivalto Health, the third health group private.
The effort is colossal financially. “Scheduled care accounts for 60 to 70% of our activity in normal times,” says Jacques Léglise, director general of the Foch hospital in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine). For Vivalto Santé, the impact on turnover will be “enormous”. But faced with the emergency, the time is not to quantify the losses. “We will see this point in detail later, answers Pascal Roché. All our energies are concentrated on the most efficient organization of care.”