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Les honoraires des chirurgiens-dentistes : au confluent du droit et du soin

Abstract : Dental surgeons are a good example of the difficulty that health professionals face when trying to reconcile healthcare and money making. Their reputation doesn’t put a smile on anyone’s face: The fact that their ancestors used to pull teeth out without anesthetics or the popular sayings that dentists are overpriced make the ‘patient to healthcare provider’ relationship complicated.Nevertheless, the profession widely modernized itself to modify this picture: new techniques, better physical and psychological care are leverages that should help change people’s mind. But in the meantime, more and more technical capacity is needed, expenditures rise as well as fees and ultimately patient’s co-pay, reminding us that healthcare comes with a cost, especially within dentistry.The question of the parameters that influence dentistry fees and the resulting controversial debate is therefore a major issue to discuss.Also, the reason of the existence of the non-fixed fee system has to be recalled, since originally it was set up to compensate for care acts with very low fixed fee. However, with time, this compensation is getting less efficient and the ‘tact and moderation’ motto that should rule fees determination is not working anymore.Because the state doesn’t apply a new legal frame on fees determination, private health insurance companies are taking more and more space in our healthcare system with, for instance, the creation of healthcare provider networks. On the patients’ side, a growing number of people change their behavior towards dentistry by canceling or postponing cares or by choosing cheaper healthcare providers in France or abroad, which raises new legal and medical questions.
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Amélie Riffault. Les honoraires des chirurgiens-dentistes : au confluent du droit et du soin. Droit. Université de Lorraine, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015LORR0250⟩. ⟨tel-01754625⟩



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