Is the French healthcare system a good model for the U.S.?

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    MANY advocates of a universal healthcare system in the United States look to Canada for their model. While the Canadian healthcare system has much to recommend it, there's another model that has been too long neglected. That is the healthcare system in France.

    Although the French system faces many challenges, the World Health Organization rated it the best in the world in 2001 because of its universal coverage, responsive healthcare providers, patient and provider freedoms, and the health and longevity of the country's population. The United States ranked 37.

    The French system is also not inexpensive. At $3,500 per capita it is one of the most costly in Europe, yet that is still far less than the $6,100 per person in the United States.

    An understanding of how France came to its healthcare system would be instructive in any renewed debate in the United States.

    That's because the French share Americans' distaste for restrictions on patient choice and they insist on autonomous private practitioners rather than a British-style national health service, which the French dismiss as "socialized medicine." Virtually all physicians in France participate in the nation's public health insurance, Sécurité Sociale.

    Their freedoms of diagnosis and therapy are protected in ways that would make their managed-care-controlled US counterparts envious. However, the average American physician earns more than five times the average US wage while the average French physician makes only about two times the average earnings of his or her compatriots. But the lower income of French physicians is allayed by two factors. Practice liability is greatly diminished by a tort-averse legal system, and medical schools, although extremely competitive to enter, are tuition-free. Thus, French physicians enter their careers with little if any debt and pay much lower malpractice insurance premiums.

    Nor do France's doctors face the high nonmedical personnel payroll expenses that burden American physicians. Sécurité Sociale has created a standardized and speedy system for physician billing and patient reimbursement using electronic funds.

    It's not uncommon to visit a French medical office and see no nonmedical personnel. What a concept. No back office army of billing specialists who do daily battle with insurers' arcane and constantly changing rules of payment.

    Moreover, in contrast to Canada and Britain, there are no waiting lists for elective procedures and patients need not seek pre-authorizations. In other words, like in the United States, "rationing" is not a word that leaves the lips of hopeful politicians.

    France's model healthcare system - The Boston Globe
     
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    Move to France.

    Problem solved.
     
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    They also have a 40 percent tax rate, you still are REQUIRED to buy a gap insurance for 25 percent of the med costs, and unemployment has been much higher than in the U.S. over the past 15 years. Chrissy Che needs to quit dreaming.
     
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    I am SOOO glad that Chris has found another way to parrot WHO's bullshit rankings again, just in case there's still someone out there who hasn't heard it yet.
     
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    One is not required to purchase gap insurance. Many do, but it's at a reasonable price, unlike here.
     
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    I would if Bush Jr. hadn't wrecked the dollar.
     
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    Bullshit.

    None of you whining little bitches has the spine to get the fuck out and go live in those European socialist worker's paradises.
     
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    thats because they have it good over here....and they know it....L.K.Eder one of our posters is from Germany.....read his posts on their health care system....he says that they are finding to be viable they must make some kind of a profit,and he said it is starting to go from the patients health to profit orientated...sound familiar?....
     
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    The usual rogues gallery of ignorance.

    Our system is incredibly expensive and unfair. The French system is better.

    We could learn from them.
     
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    You libs are funny. First it was "We want Britain's model" until people learned about them pulling their own teeth. Then it was "Canada is the best!" until we learned that the rich come here for surgery. Now it's Germany, France, Cuba, Denmark, ....

    How about if the politicians look at all these models, take a breather, and transform 1/6 of our economy based on what works best? How about if they take their time, and focus on the needs of the citizens and not just the illegals? How about if they stop hating America so much? Is that too much to ask for.

    BTW
     
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