ezra klein has a very interesting discussion about the outcomes of the french health insurance system versus the us system.
yes, but are we better?
right, you say, that's all very not interesting. but how do we stack up with france? better? worse?
yeah, the second one. france's health care system bodyslams us on most every metric. beyond the beds per 1,000 stat mentioned above, france has more doctors per 1,000 people (3.3 vs. 2.4
), spends way less
, has 3.2 more physician visits per capita (6 in france vs. 2.8 in america, which probably accounts for the better preventive care in france), has a much higher hospital admission rate, and beats us handily on the most important measure: potential years of life lost
. american women lose 3,836 years per 100,000, while american men give up 6,648 in the same sample size (yes, we get screwed). in france, the comparable numbers are 2,588 years for the women and 5,610 for the men. still not great, but quite a bit better.
so france spends less, gets more, and does so through a public-private hybrid that's heavily, heavily public.
socialized medicine sure is scary.
Sep 9, '06
The French can have their system.
I prefer mine.
Communism/Socialism doesn't work, and I don't want to either work for, or be treated by, a 'healthcare collective'. You'll pardon me if I don't have that much faith in the Federal Gov't.
Frankly, I rather place my faith in some greedy corporation that at least has a vested interest in meeting my needs.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Sep 9, '06
Sep 9, '06
I found some anecdotal evidence that nurses salaries in France are low. http://www.aboutmyjob.com/main.php3?...cle&artid=2489
I guess if the government pays for healthcare then you don't have to pay the help as much.
I actually work in an intensive care unit, 3 nights a week, for $1600/month!!! We are 2 night nuses for 27 patients, with 1 nurses aide! Makes one consider things a bit...not to mention sometimes having to deal with a shortage of materiel and/or medicaments.
Last edit by azhiker96 on Sep 9, '06