The Healthcare System in France

The healthcare programme in France is bolstered by an insurance policy established in 1945 and provides cover for 80% of the population. It was originally created to cover those in employment to provide “sécurité sociale” or social security but has since been expanded to cover all citizens under the principle of “couverture maladie universelle” or universal health coverage.

An overview of the healthcare infrastructure in France

The health care system in France is totally subsidized by the government by virtue of a fund and is therefore free. The fund is injected with personal income taxes from income earned by the working population and allows for the lack of income, the effects of wage changes and strives to offer all citizens the opportunity of having access to medical treatment when the need arises.

Role of the State

The state ensures that people have access to the health insurance scheme, the types of health care eligible for funding and oversees the role of entities involved. Public safety is the state’s priority and so is planning for the number of hospitals and sizes as well as the provision of specialized wards.

Hospitals available

There are two types of hospitals – the public sector hospitals and the private hospitals. The first category hospitals provide 65% of available beds. Because they are public, these hospitals are charged with the supply of continuous care for patients as well as being responsible for ongoing tutoring and training of both patients and staff. The second category or private hospitals are motivated by profit and they focus attention mainly on income earning activities such as surgery. They levy a charge for their services in order to obtain and augment their finances.

Health professionals

Doctors and physicians are employed in the public and private sector hospitals and 97% abide by the provisions of the “Tarif de convention” or tariff references which set the amount of costs involved for the kind of medical treatment rendered. Health professionals as well as clinics and hospitals that choose not to conform to the tariffs, are required to display their prices, so people can decide whether or not to avail themselves to treatment.

In France, there are 3.37 doctors per 1,000 people.

Healthcare procedure

Initially, the patient approaches the medicin traitant or general practitioner who has been registered as the physician responsible to coordinate the patient’s treatment. Should for any reason, the physician or substitute is another doctor may be consulted by the patient after consulting the cause d’assurance or staff at the register. The patient is at liberty to change his/her physician and in the process, retains the entitlement for reimbursement for the type of treatment given.

Funding the healthcare scheme

Funds for the healthcare system in France is obtained from the income of the working population with the following percentages:

An employee’s contribution towards his/her healthcare compensation is 21% made up of 12.5% contributed by the employer and 0.75% by the employee. The balance is obtained from a social security tax collected from the employee.
The contribution by the employer and employee along with the social security tax make up 60% of the health care fund remitted to government.
The balance of the fund is obtained from indirect taxes on alcohol and tobacco.

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Benefits of Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

With the help of different diagnostic imaging techniques, the doctors may identify the cause of a disease or injury. These diagnostic machines are also helpful for doctors or physicians in ensuring if a diagnosis is appropriate or not. The diagnostic methods may comprise magnetic resource imaging (MRI), x-rays and Computed Tomography or CT scans.

The techniques help physicians see what’s happening inside the body of the patients. The doctor becomes able to locate your bones, nerves, muscles and other organs on the x-ray image. These images let the health specialists identify any kind of internal body problem or abnormality.

X-rays or Radiographs

Radiograph is one among those techniques of imaging that are most prevalent in all the areas of the medical field. The part of the patient’s body that needs to be examined is placed between the machine and the photographic film. Electromagnetic waves pass through the body and the film is exposed so that the internal body part could be imaged. However, the radiation doses are normally kept at low, but doctors should take the necessary measures in case of pregnant women.

The x-ray images display the denser parts such as tumors or bones in white color, while the less dense areas such as soft tissues in dark or gray color. The reason being the radiation is easily absorbed by the dense areas, unlike the less dense areas which allow the radiation to pass through them.

The x-ray of the patient is generally conducted from varied angles. For an instance, if you get fractured in one limb, the other limb of yours may also be examined in order to compare it with the first one. It doesn’t take the x-ray procedure more than 10 minutes to be carried out.

However, modern techniques have now surfaced into the picture, which provide for much more details than an x-ray.

CT

CT scans are one of those high-tech techniques that provide a detailed image of the patient’s body. Combining the computer technology with x-rays, CT scans help look at the size and shape as well as position of a particular body part, including an organ or tissue.

MRI

The MRI scans also help get detailed, cross-sectional images of the patient’s body. MRIs work without exposing the patient to radiation. Letting your doctors to get bone and soft tissue images, MRIs help them identify any metal clips or objects in the body of the patient.

Health Care Truths

HEALTH CARE TRUTHS
This is the first offering of what I hope will be well received articles about “Health Care Truths.” The government, politicians, media, and health insurance companies have not been entirely truthful with the American people when it comes to something we know as Healthcare. I want to help everyone understand the truths about health care so we can all be healthier. If you want to help, feel free to pass these comments to friends and family so we all can enjoy a better life.

I will admit to being a conservative thinking person and I have never been a fan of President Obama and his policies that affect each of us. His policies on finance have given us bigger government, more debt, more unemployment, lower personal income, and an economy that is not growing fast enough. His policies have also contributed to a worsening healthcare system that a majority of Americans really do not benefit from, or even want. His policies also contribute to an educational system that doesn’t educate as well as it can, and much more.

But President Obama has finally given us a truth we can live with. Recently he told us that FIFTY YEARS of sanctions against Fidel Castro of Cuba have not worked to force good relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Because the sanctions against Cuba have not worked, President Obama has unilaterally ended them, and resumed relations with Cuba. Now I don’t care about relations with Cuba, it’s the fifty years that caught my attention.

Enough is enough because if a program is not working after fifty years or more, the program will probably never work. For instance; for over fifty years our government has been pouring our tax dollars into a hole called “poverty,” and we probably have more people in poverty today than we did when the program started.

For over fifty years the government politicians have tried to improve “education,” with very questionable results. Each year they are pouring more and more of our tax dollars into that educational hole and still have no clue how to improve it. For almost fifty years, government politicians have tried to make healthcare work. To be able to tell truths about health care I have written three books and I have experienced first-hand for about fifty years how inept a government-run health care system is. That being said, let us remember the great Albert Einstein told us, and I am paraphrasing, that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of “insanity.”

Can anyone tell me if there has ever been a government-run program that worked as it was intended? I would love to hear from you, and please be reminded, I would be happy if the government could run a health care system but I’m not holding my breath.