French and US Health Care: More Alike Than You Think

[T]here’s something that I haven’t seen discussed and yet seems striking to me: how similar the French and U.S. healthcare systems are.

On its face, this seems like a preposterous notion: whenever the two are mentioned together, it’s to say that they’re polar opposites.

France has been called the best healthcare system in the world by the World Health Organization. And if there’s something everyone in the US seems to agree on, it’s that US healthcare, well, horribly sucks, although they strongly disagree about why and what to do about it.

And yet, to me, the similarities are glaring.

Read full editorial in the Atlantic.

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  1. Linda Gorman says:

    The editorial starts out “By way of introduction, I want to make clear that I have no particular expertise when it comes to healthcare policy. My knowledge is merely that of a layman who follows the news.”

    It then goes on to prove the first sentence correct.

  2. Anne Alice says:

    So, why then are the French so much healthier than Americans???

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Could you please provide references showing that the French are in fact healthier with respect to conditions that medical care can alleviate?