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Pain au chocolat, Brigitte Bardot and, now, universal health care.

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Bb Pain au chocolat, Brigitte Bardot and, now, universal health care.

A Boston Globe op-ed piece explores why the World Health Organization ranked France as the earth's best medical-care system. (We're No. 37!)

You thought I was going to post a picture of some French bone-sawer?

A similar system would require drastic changes here -- med school would be free, malpractice judgments would shrink, insurers would lose much of their power and have to let go those nice people who don't understand our problems when we call.

Doctors there make only twice as much as the average worker; here it's five times as much. The French are famous for their red tape. But this system is far less bureaucratic than the one we have here, says the author/professor Paul V. Dutton. And the WHO report that the French live longer, happier, healthier, and smuggier.

Jessica
Posted 08/12/2007 10:50:05 AM
Your title got me at Philly Future. Interesting facts. 37. Unexpected I figured that America, the greatest country in the world, would have a much healthier system.
albert
Posted 08/12/2007 10:41:53 PM
Hey Jessica - check out Sicko!
Jess
Posted 08/13/2007 07:57:39 AM
Hey thanks, Albert. I did. I even wrote a post about Sicko. 
http://swedehartjournal.blogspot.com/2007/07/see-sicko.html
Thanks for mentioning it though, Albert!
Jess
Posted 08/13/2007 07:58:24 AM
Hey thanks, Albert. I did. I even wrote a post about Sicko. 
http://swedehartjournal.blogspot.com/2007/07/see-sicko.html
Thanks for mentioning it though, Albert!
Jess
Posted 08/13/2007 07:58:28 AM
Hey thanks, Albert. I did. I even wrote a post about Sicko. 
http://swedehartjournal.blogspot.com/2007/07/see-sicko.html
Thanks for mentioning it though, Albert!
William Young
Posted 08/15/2007 09:14:38 AM
Actually, the US has the #1 healthcare system in the world. #1. That's why everyone else in the world comes here for treatment. Even illegally.

This BS that Rubin and his ilk put out is nonsense of the highest order. In France, you have to wait for dental care, and if you want an MRI or something, you have to wait even longer.

WHO wants that? In America, if you want an MRI, you call an MRI center and get one. In France, you call the government and they put your name on a list.

Doctors only earn "twice" as much as the "average" person? So what? Who'd want to be a doctor under those circumstances? You have to have five times the schooling to become one, and to only earn "twice" as much as the "average" person why would anyone go through the trouble? Might as well go into journalism if you're that smart.

Rubin is a rube of the left. Nobody with a brain thinks the US federal government can deliver health care more efficiently and fairly than the current system in place. Or did you think the US Passport Office was working efficiently lately?
Daniel Rubin
Posted 08/18/2007 09:19:42 AM
Good you've kept that rock you usually hide under, Wm Young, because your thinking is soft. Medicine is a calling. It's not all about time and money - it isn't factory work. "In America if you want an MRI, you call an MRI center and get one." Does that count the 40 or so million Americans who aren't insured?
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