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Having already exposed as inaccurate many of the claims being made for French health care, I was not surprised by this piece about a French researcher who offers a dire prognosis for the vaunted Gallic system.
It’s true we really have good access, but what if the system is not sustainable anymore? … It’s going to break. It’s going to blow.
Alice Teil, representing “one of France’s leading independent health research centers,” says the problem is cost:
Tiel says the cost of France’s socialized health care is growing faster than its economy.
And how much does it cost?
Workers pay about fifty percent of their paycheck each month into healthcare, retirement and unemployment.
Mon Dieu! That’s a hefty bite.
Hey …. Wait a minute! I thought cost was not an issue for government-run health care. That’s what the socialized medicine crowd keeps telling us, right?
I guess government-run health care doesn’t have magical powers in France any more than it does in Canada or Great Britain.
+ May 2009
+ May 2008
+ May 2007