Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Healthcare - the French system

French NHI is more generous than what a “Medicare for all” system would be like in the United States, and it shares a range of characteristics with which Americans are well acquainted—fee-for-service practice, a public–private mix in the financing and organization of health care services, cost sharing, and supplementary private insurance.
And yet it still costs significantly less than our healthcare system.  One big reason:
The number of nonphysician personnel per bed (in France's hospital system) is higher in public hospitals than in private hospitals; in the aggregate, it is 67% lower than in US hospitals
From the American Journal of Public Health's series comparing health systems.  The article is old, but nevertheless quite interesting.

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