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    French doctors lie on the ground with a sign reading I was a health practitioner during a protest on December 23, 2014 in Lyon against an upcoming health bill.

    French Doctors to Strike Against New Health Laws Thursday

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    French doctors are set to go on a strike against a new law proposed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Medics fear that the new legislation will considerably cut their income.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French general practitioner doctors will strike on Thursday in the southwestern French province of Pyrenees-Atlantiques against a new health law proposed by the country's Minister of Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine, local media reported Wednesday.

    The strike in the cities of Bearn and Soule is expected to last for 15 days.

    The law stipulates that by 2017 all French citizens with health insurance will have a right to so-called "third-party payments," allowing them to reduce medical costs. French people with complete universal insurance coverage, victims of incidents at work and those suffering from professional illnesses will benefit from the system. They account for a third of all French general practitioners’ consultations, according to French media.

    An OpinionWay survey published in September 2014, showed that 95 percent of French doctors oppose third-party payments.

    The proposed law will also allow regional health administrations and businesses to determine the installation of doctors, who fear their rights are threatened. In January, some 500 doctors gathered in Lyon near the regional health agency to protest the law.

    The reform could also undermine medical confidentiality by entrusting patients’ personal data to financial organizations.

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