Lunch & Learn
Philanthropy in hospitals
Lunch & Learn 46 🔹 Wednesday, November 23, 2022
🇫🇷 French edition
Philanthropy in hospitals: How legitimate and useful in a health care system in crisis?
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a lot of pressure on our health establishments and has exacerbated certain structural problems that public hospitals were experiencing long before the health crisis. These include budgetary restrictions to meet the national health insurance expenditure target, the perverse effects of activity-based pricing, and the lack of nursing staff in a context of unattractive remuneration and working conditions. To find additional resources, particularly for medical research, patient care or the well-being of caregivers, many hospitals have created endowment funds and developed fundraising from individuals or companies. While some people denounce the incursion of "private money" and fear for the future of public hospitals, others are pragmatic and think that philanthropy can be useful, provided that it is used where it is really needed. In France, we should also remember that alongside public institutions (60% of beds) and private clinics (25%), private non-profit institutions (15%) offer an alternative and little-known model, where philanthropy has played and continues to play a major role. Medical research, one of the pillars of our healthcare system, is also one of the causes favored by donors and foundations in France. At a time when successive crises are shaking and weakening hospitals, what is the legitimacy of this "hospital philanthropy" in the 21st century? What purpose does it serve or could it serve? How can it become a positive force for public health?
🔹 Marie-Léandre Gomez, Professor at ESSEC and coordinator of the COMEXT project (coordination of medical teams in extreme situations), funded by ANR
🔹 Julien Gottsmann, Director, Hôpital Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild
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