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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-13-09 03:22 AM
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24. Single Payer is paid by taxes in other countries.
We can't get there in one fell swoop, even if you think so.

First of all, try proposing that we tax like they do in France here, and see what happens. They'll be electing a Republican so quickly next election, it won't even be funny.

Plus, I know that the French buy supplemental health insurance in France. I know...cause I see advertisements for it when I go to France. Why do you think that is?


Private Insurance. More than 92% of French residents have complementary private insurance. This insurance pays for additional fees in order to access higher quality providers. Private health insurances makes up 12.7% of French health care spending. These complementary private insurance funds are very loosely regulated (less than in the U.S.) and the only stringent requirement is guaranteed renewability. Private insurance benefits are not equally distributed so there is, in essence, a two-tier system.

Physician Compensation. French doctors are paid by the national health insurance system based on a centrally planned fee schedule, but doctors can charge whatever price they want. The fees are based on an up front treatment lump sum, which is similar to DRGs in the U.S. The patientor their private insurancemust make up the difference between the fee charged by the doctor and the amount paid for by the universal health care system. The average French doctor earns only 40,000, although medical school is free for them and the French legal system is fairly tort-averse.

Physician Choice. The French have a fair amount of choice in which doctors they choose. However, recently the French have moved towards a more managed care practice style where patients have a preferred doctors who acts as a gatekeeper for specialists.

Copayment/Deductibles. 10% to 40% copayments.

Technology. The government does not reimburse new technologies very generously and because of global budgets and fee restrictions, there is little incentive to make capital investments in medical technology.

Waiting Times. France has generally avoided waiting lists, likely due to the fairly high coinsurance charges. Recent trends towards Increased restrictions, reduced reimbursement rates, and rationing has increased wait times however.

Tanners summary. To sum up: the French health care system clearly works better than most national health care systems. Despite some problems, France has generally avoided the rationing inherent in other systems. However, the program is threatened by increasing costs and may be forced to resort to rationing in the future. http://healthcare-economist.com/2008/04/14/health-care-... /


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