• France has a social insurance program which they believe helps protect market forces in health care. Here is one summary I found for you:

    France is often seen by liberals as the ideal system. It has universal health care, with few waiting lists. France has the highest level of satisfaction with their health care among all European countries. How can this be? What is their secret?

    France provides a basic, universal health insurances through large occupation-based funds. The General National Health Inusrance Scheme covers 83% of French workers, while other occupational specific (e.g.: for agricultural workers, for the self employed, for miners, etc.) cover the remainder. About 99% of individuals are covered by this universal health insurance system.

    However, France utilizes more market-based ideas than most people realized. Copayment rates for most services are 10%-40%. About 92% of French residents have complementary private health insurance.

    The author has written for the Cato Institute.

    August 25, 2009 at 10:03 p.m.

  • Wish I could help. I will put a feeler out on my international support group and see if anyone from France is on it. Right now I am working with moms from UK, India, and Australia, and US. I do know that a mother with a child with a severe type of genetic disorder is having to wait 8 months to see a specialist after the baby is born. With the type of disorder it has, it could die before then. She is scared to death because the baby will not eat and it appears the type medical nutrition is available in US but not UK. I am searching for some for her now.

    August 25, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.