The French Health Care System

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Introduction France, a member country of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has the total population around 63 million and steady growth rate around 0.7% (OECD, 2013). France has great performance in a number of measures of well-being. For instance, according to the OECD statistics (OECD, 2013), the average household net-adjusted disposable income of France is 28,310 USD per year, which is much more than the OECD average (23, 047 USD). Compared to the OECD average employment rate between 15 and 64 years age, which is 66%, French slightly lower (64%). However, the number is still better than most of the OECD countries such as the USA (OECD, 2013). In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in France is 82 years, which is higher than the OECD average (80 years). Specifically, life expectancy for females is 86 years while the figure for males is 79 (OECD, 2013). In 2000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) generated the annual report of which the theme was the health care system performance all over the world (WHO, 2000). This report specifically analysed the performance of the healthcare systems of 191 countries and ranked based on a lot of criteria. Surprisingly, the French health care system was ranked the first place for the overall performance. Since then, the discussion and debate around the French health care system has never ended. The favours would like to propagate the insurance coverage and the financing mechanism while the
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