How French Health Care Compares To The US System


Health care is becoming a big issue in the 2020 elections. The Democrats are pushing for a government funded model, while President Trump is campaigning on gutting Obamacare. We repeal the core of the disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone. Medicare For All has become a mantra among
left of center Democrats in the presidential race. Health care is a human right not a privilege. I strongly believe that we need to have Medicare for all. I am a strong supporter of Medicare for all. The candidates do have different interpretations of what
Medicare for All actually looks like in America. Those differences aside, it’s essentially a universal single payer system closely modeled after Canada’s health care system. But there’s another national health care system
that gets a lot of attention: France Back in 2000, the World Health Organization ranked it as the best national health care system in the world. A lot has happened since then. But France’s health care system remains a model for universal coverage. Here’s why. Despite spending less on coverage, France has comparable or even better health care outcomes than the United States. The United States has a higher rate of infant mortality. In France nearly four children die out of every 1000 live births. In the U.S. that number is closer to six. France also has a higher average life expectancy
than the United States by four years. And the rate of re-hospitalization in France is 5.3% lower than that of the United States. Lower rates of re-hospitalization in France are likely due to better access to primary care as well
as longer average stays in the hospital. Since France gives every citizen coverage from birth,
this system allows them to get more preventative treatments throughout their lifetimes, which
save on costs and improve outcomes After World War Two French politicians were concerned the country’s private health care system would not be able to handle coverage demands So the country established a model of national health insurance Meant to protect the population against increasing health care costs. The French call their system Social Security but
it is not an example of socialized medicine. It’s not government run, just government financed. It’s very close to being a single payer health care system. This mandatory coverage doesn’t come at the expense
of freedom of choice in medical care. The system is set up to ensure that
doctors are not restricted when making medical decisions. The system covers every doctor every lab every hospital every clinic. They’re all covered and they all have to take the patients. That’s T.R. Reid author of the book “The Healing of America.” He traveled the world exploring different health
care systems and how well they worked. America is the only place where we have what the insurance companies call narrow networks where they dictate which doctors you can go to. No other country does that in every other country. The patient picks the doctor and the system pays. That’s also true for our Medicare system Medicare covers all doctors. So here’s what happens in the United States. Let’s say somebody, a clerk or such at 7-Eleven or
a hotel maid has no insurance or very little insurance and she feels a vague pain on the right side of her abdomen. It would cost your 120 bucks to go to the doctor she’s not going to do that. She’s going to work through it. And three months later she’s in the emergency room with a burst appendix that costs $60,000. And we’ll treat here. We’ll treat her. But if she could have gone to the doctor when she felt that first pain, the doctor could have treated the infection. It would have cost 100 bucks instead of $30,000. The way we do it by definition makes things much more expensive for the U.S. Covering everybody so that people get the care they need when it’s still early and cheap is a much smarter and
a much less expensive way to provide health care. France’s social security reimburses around 70 to 80 percent of medical costs leaving the remaining amount for patients to pay out of pocket. France also has voluntary supplemental health
insurance provided by private insurance companies. In France they want you to know that you’re getting something of value from the health care system so they make you pay and then everybody in France gets about 80 percent of it back from the insurance company. France’s social security also legally requires price transparency. And because the government funded system covers the entire population, it has more bargaining power to keep the prices low. Social Security also has no waiting lists for specialized hospital treatments. There’s also no physician gatekeeping. French patients do not need their general practitioner to
sign off so they can see a specialist. So how does France’s system stack up against America’s? The French health care system is considered one
of the most expensive in the world and yet it’s still half the cost of America’s. In 2017 U.S. spending added up to $10,200 per capita. In France, it was only $4,900. Administrative costs are also much lower in France than in the United States. In France, they’re limited to 5.5 percent of the bill. Whatever the bill is the administrative fee can’t be more than 5.5 percent. In America are private insurance companies have administrative
costs of 20 percent on every bill. And that’s so important to our insurance industry that their lobbyists wrote that into Obamacare, that they’re
allowed to add 20 percent administrative costs. One of the ways the French keep their administrative costs lower is with the carte vitale, a health
insurance card carried by every French citizen. When a person visits a doctor in France, they present their carte vitale so the doctor can look them up in the digital system. The card gives the doctor all the information they need to charge for the visit. French citizens can also opt to have all their medical
records stored on a card for doctors to access and because the system is available all over
the country, it saves time and money. Another way France manages rising health care costs
is by having the government regulate them. Unlike the United States where legislatures are deadlocked
on what to do about health care, the French parliament votes to set new
health care budgets and guidelines every year. But France’s health care system is not perfect. French citizens pay significantly more income tax than Americans. In order to cover government funded programs such as Social Security. Many French employers say high taxes do restrict them from hiring more people. But the United States lower tax bite is countered by the fact that Americans end up paying more in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses each time they require medical care. Additionally doctors in France make less money than those in the United States. French general practitioners make on
average nearly $112,000 a year. In America a general practitioner can expect to make around $218,000. This gap in wages however does not factor in the cost of becoming a doctor in each country. American doctors must take on the cost of medical school while French doctors receive that education free. American doctors also must pay for malpractice insurance whereas such lawsuits are not a big issue in France. A common complaint in France is that certain areas do not have as much access to health care as others. However, France has more doctors per resident than the United States does. For every 1000 residents France has 3.4 doctors whereas the United States only has 2.6. Some French hospitals are also struggling with
the rising costs to care for patients. So what can the United States learn from the French system? France’s social security proves it’s possible to cover every citizen without a government run system regulating
choice and how doctors practice medicine. It also shows that universal health care
coverage can co-exist with private insurance. Basically France has really done it right. As the World Health Organization said very good health outcomes, everybody’s covered – all their citizens, all their elite workers, tourists. And half our costs, so I think they’re doing a lot of things right.

100 Replies to “How French Health Care Compares To The US System”

  1. The Sécurité Sociale we have here might seems great from the outside but it needs lots of improvements, starting with information. I find it crazy to see how much people goes to the hospital for minor injuries/diseases : Hospitals are NOT the right place to treat these problems ! If someone in France needs first aid for example, he has to go to the Pharmacy, but people tend to prioritize hospitals, penalizing its efficiency. Also, as good as the Carte Vitale is, lots of people doesn't keep their "medical status" updated, which leads to useless medical exams that cost money.

  2. The best thing is that universal medical information. That card that tells doctors what you have/had is paramount and is needed for us here. We’d save so much money if we had that.

  3. French healthcare is the #1 supporter of homeopathic medicine. France needs to get to the rest of the developed world with medicine.

  4. After living in France for 2 years and using their health care system I still prefer the British system.

  5. The doctor in my hospital wanted an second opinion from different university hospitals to look at my case.
    He invited four doctors with there assistant.
    Would I have lived in the states it never would have happened because no way I could have paid for it.
    Probably I would have be dead 3 times over by now.
    So so glad and happy I don’t live in the US where people die every day just they cannot afford to see a doctor let alone pay for there treatment.

  6. Got doctors in my family, my uncle is the head of the hospital in Toulouse and he says that it is super stressful and they are expected to do more hours of works than tey re paid for, has said budget are tie and private hospital, clinique are on the rise as people started to not trust public healthcare + all the issues with emergencies. We are doing well but i don't know if we can keep it that way in the long run

  7. THE USA NEEDS TO STOP DEFENDING EUROPE WITH THE LIVES OF OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR TAX PAYER DOLLARS!!! WE MUST SPEND THE MONEY ON OUR OWN HEALTHCARE, FREE EDUCATION AND ELDERLY. FORCE EUROPE TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN MILITARY DEFENSE WITH THE LIVES OF THEIR CITIZENS AND THEIR OWN TAX PAYER DOLLARS. Americans subsidize ALL OF EUROPE AND THE WORLD SO THEY CAN HAVE FREE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION.

    https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/03/15/results-are-in-heres-how-much-nato-allies-spent-on-defense-in-2017/

    If the USA got rid of all of their military bases in Europe, we would be able to provide free health care and education. It is time that Europe paid for their own military and defense from their own tax base. No one wants the US military in their country anyway.

    When alternative energies become more efficient and fossil fuels are no longer an issue, I hope the US pulls its military bases from every corner of the world and the cost savings come back to the American people. Long distance Intercontinental Drone Strikes will go a LONG WAY to saving the US taxpayer a lot of money and keeping tax dollars within the US.

    It is time the US stops playing policeman to the world and starts putting its own people first – free healthcare, education, the elderly, etc. Let other countries pull their own weight and pick up the military tab. Too much US dollars are spent protecting Europe and the world. Too many American lives are lost – time for other nations to put their lives on the chopping block.

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/07/11/trumps-nato-criticism-is-valid-europe-isnt-spending-enough-on-def.html

    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-america-still-defending-europe-24957

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9219754/amp

  8. Insurance is a joke in the USA. Pay $45 for antibiotic with insurance. $65 without insurance. You go to the doctor apparently you don’t have nothing, a year later cancer 🤦🏻‍♀️. With insurance or without you screwed in USA. Hospitals make a lot of money, they a big business with many good lawyers to put malpractice under the rug.

  9. I’m french, I’m a doctor and I stopped the video at the 2:05 nonsense about prevention. You guys clearly don’t know wtf you’re talking about…

  10. In Europe we think that a government not providing health care is as crazy as a government not providing roads or running water. I'm a conservative European but I believe that the government should protect your health.

  11. 5:07 "No general practicioner approval to see a specialist"

    That's actually false (I'm French) and that would be a pretty bad idea if it was true.

    You do need a first medical exam from a general practicioner and his written approval in order to see a specialist, otherwise a LOT of people would run to their nearest pneumonologist
    as soon as they have a little allergy impairing breathing, and the waiting lists are already long sometimes, people who are really sick could wait way longer because of this, so no, you do need to see a general doctor first.

    otherwise pretty accurate video

  12. Americans are fooled by media to believe they live in the greatest of great countries, but it’s actually a working people’s nightmare. These examples of cost for healthcare in France is also applicable to lots of other industrial countries in Europe and Asia. Republicans and a lot of Democrats in America don’t consider people to have any rights when it comes healthcare the only right they have is to obey their slaveowners and carry a gun . Mentality is, if you can’t pay, you should die, I guess thats in the Bible.

  13. EU don’t accept low quality food from USA and it’s banned here. Guess if American producers are happy now, 50 million new customers on a golden plater served up by Brexit. Now the British can get the US chlorine dipped chicken that EU don’t accept and maggots in the US tomato sauce Europe don’t sell.

  14. The US is also 5 times the size of France as well. They never ever mention that little fact. I imagine if you consider the fact where 5 times bigger and the numbers are almost equal, where doing pretty good

  15. You should really see how Portugal manage this issue, also other social concerns. I suppose that we are better by having better social care.

  16. No wonder U.S. talks political b.s. about France. We get robbed of thousands and thousands for healthcare and end up when none when it reaches $2200 a month, and 8k out if pocket in residual costs. Criminal greed runs our health care system.

  17. Hospitals is USA have been under pressure too… Where they shut down. Shows that French system is better. One should be a doctor not because of greed but to help people.

  18. Healthcare in the USA:
    If you're sick, they'll take care of you

    Healthcare in France:
    If you're sick, Macron's police thugs will beat you.

  19. You can buy a gun in a shop for less than 50$ but stay 1 day in hospital cost you one month of work , poor people can die in font of you but you don’t care cause its your individual freedom 😍😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 shame on you

  20. I've been living in France for 2 years now. I was just hospitalized for 3 days due to an unexpected infection in my intestines and I must say it was a very unique experience. There were posters all over the hospital talking about strikes (sounds very french, I know), took me a loooong time to get into a treating room (around 7 hours, and I thought I had appendicitis…. so, yea), but once I did, there was a different doctor coming in every 5 minutes to check on me. There was a whole lot of blood and urine tests taken (too many for my own pleasure, but good for my safety) and in general I felt very protected, even if being a foreigner. Id like to share the numbers so that it makes sense: It was a public hospital, I stayed for 3 days, total bill was 2.100 euros and 80% was directly payed by the government using the Carte Vital explained in the video. The 20% left the insurance I get from work will pay, but if I didn't receive any, I would pay myself.

  21. I don't know if this takes into account that america has worse worklife balance than france or perhaps other things that affect average health like car exhaust or water pollution? It certainly proves by counterexample that a great government financed healthcare system can run without bankrupting the nation or the economy as some forces in america would have you believe.

  22. "No need for a general pratcioner to sign off on seeing a specialist". Yes, sure, but if you don't have a prescription from a general pratcioner to go see a, let's say, Physical Therapist for back pain, you will have to pay for the Physical Therapy sessions, whereas if it was prescribed by your general doctor, it's refunded.

  23. I'm french, in France, we have the CAF, this organism give money for the poor. (Pour les français, j'ai simplifié le truc).

  24. It should be the duty of the state to take care of sick people if we want to live in a society. And it should be the duty of citizens to pay fair taxes based on income/wealth to take care of people not as fortunate as you.

  25. A few inaccuracies :
    – When you compare percentages, the difference must be expressed in points.
    – The French system (bismarkian model) is not even government-funded (Britain's is, beveridgian model). It is employers and employees who have mandatory contributions.
    – As for the GP approval to see a specialist, indeed it is not absolutely required, but you won't be reimbursed as much, so it is necessary in practice anyway.

  26. THE USA SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP ALL MILITARY AID AND DEFENSE TO EUROPE AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD FREE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION!!

    DITCH EUROPEAN DEFENSE AND TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES FIRST. EUROPEANS ARE NOT EVEN WANTING TO PAY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES… WHY SHOULD THE USA? (Europeans laugh at us for spending all the money to defend them militarily- MONEY THEY DO NOT EVEN SPEND ON THEMSELVES) – and THEY ARE LAUGHING THAT WE ARE WITHOUT HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION JUST SO EUROPEANS CAN HAVE IT THEMSELVES.

    Why should America should spend over 3.1 percent of GDP on defense, while Germany spends just 1.2 percent and the EU as a whole only 1.5 percent? Why should Americans pay so much more to defend Europe than these countries are willing to spend to defend themselves?

  27. If French healthcare is so good why do you need to pay extra for anesthesia for a colonoscopy? 🤔

  28. The USA subsidizes the French and European Welfare State by footing the bill for their military.

    WITHOUT THE USA, EUROPE WOULD GO BANKRUPT FINANCING FREE EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. TO KEEP FROM GOING BANKRUPT, EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WOULD HAVE TO CUT THEIR HEALTHCARE AND FREE EDUCATION BY CLOSE TO 50-70% JUST IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.

    https://thefederalist.com/2018/05/17/pompeo-right-push-nato-countries-stop-making-united-states-pay-defense/

    European countries are struggling as it is to pay for their free healthcare system.

    EVERY EUROPEAN COUNTRY’S HEALTHCARE WOULD BE STRUGGLING LIKE ENGLAND.

    ENGLAND IS ONE OF THE FEW 5 COUNTRIES PAYING THEIR SHARE OF THEIR MILITARY BURDEN. NO WONDER ENGLAND WANTS TO LEAVE THE EU!!!!

    The US should reduce military spending IMMEDIATELY- while BREXIT is still going on. It would FORCE EUROPE to fight a POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC WAR ON TWO FRONTS. And this would greatly increase England and the US’s chances of getting what they both want. Because Europe cannot implement successful retaliatory sanctions on BOTH THE USA AND ENGLAND AT THE SAME TIME.

  29. the French companies complaining about higher taxes but the French companies don't pay insurance premiums for their employees. All insurance covered by the government, all those companies saving money by not paying for the employee health care premiums. It's just an excuse not to hire more people. Maybe the French government should give them the option either pay more taxes or pay employee health care benefits. See what they will choose

  30. My guess is that it’s good to be poor and remain poor in France. Being taken care of from cradle to grave by the government must feel nice. 🧐

  31. I am an ex councillor and full member of the french healthcare system. 20 years ago it was no. 1. It is not now. I am waiting 3 months to see a specialist and then 2 1/2 months for treatment. I pay 234€ additional insurance and 8.3% opf salary. Businesses, most small are taxed heavily for both healthcare and revenus. Some paying as much as 70% on 32000€ earned per an. I know a caterer and a restaurateur who are will not employ additional people and are cutting back their income to avoid the enormaous taxes. Napoléon Macron has imposed 8€billion reduction in healthcare budget while encouraging 3 world migrant with every illness under the sun to come here for free treatment. I have to see my treating doctor before the specialist and I have to pay him 25€ some of which is reimbursed by the state and some by the insurance. Reimbursements can range from nothing to 70% or nearly 100% for chronic illness. There are many areas of france that do not have either enough treating doctors or specialists. Specialist can charge almost any fee they like but only the Governement agreed protion is reimbursed.

    It's a good system, better than the USA, but it's not as good as you say in this report. Finally, in emergency departments of some hospîtals the waiting time exceed 4 hours even in the middle of the night. 12 years ago I was seen in seconds. Too many sick migrants now fill the emergency departments. The french health system is called l'assurance maladie. The Securité social is different entity

  32. Getting sick in France as a foreigner on vacation? pf No problem – you will be helped and don't pay a penny if you have your EID with you. The costs will be covered by your own country later on. See – social security in Belgium – or the UK -where you don't need anything to get FREE care. Where is USA ? Nowhere, like a third world country. But even there I would have been cared for and NOT paying a single dime – because our social security system would pay them. My yearly contribution is only 93 euro (contribution) + 25 euro (tax). It's NOT a totally free care system, but i won't ruin you – NEVER.

  33. The US treats its citizens like it treats the rest of the world …… like dirt . We in Australia pay 2% of our wage to have a free medical system for all . It’s a right not a privilege.

  34. Can you really compare a country you can drive across in a day to the USA. There are both tremendously populated areas an sparsely populated areas. France's population is much more homogeneous, where there are multiple cultures in the USA. Finally, the fact that most in Congress are bought and paid for by the corporations, does not give me a feeling of optimism. Better would be posted prices everywhere, private doctors, outside testing facilities and hospitals.. Routine care should be paid by the consumer and everyone should buy a catastrophic loss policy for anything that involves a hospital admittance. When the costs are transparent and the consumer has skin in the game, the costs will improve.

  35. T.R. Reid is wrong about Medicare covering all doctors. Not all doctors accept Medicare. Surprised me when he said that since he's an expert.

  36. And yet the folks in America still believe they live in the 'Best country in the world' Wake up America, it could be a 'GREAT DEAL' better.

  37. France doesn't have to take care of 350 million people, like the USA, a third of which are indigent. That is now changing with their love of the flood of Islamic immigrants who are low income so won't be paying anything into the system but will require services. We'll see how long they can survive the consequences of their love!

  38. I'm…skeptical of this clip. Just one example: the Washington Post author claims that in all other countries, patients get to choose their doctor, and that "medicare works the same way – medicare covers all doctors." This is misleading because there are many doctors that won't accept medicare because the reimbursement is way too low.

  39. The stats would be be more accurate if they took into account that American food is toxic and causes many diseases in the American population.
    French citizens aren't systemically exposed to toxins from the womb to the tomb as we are.

  40. Socialism in the US is a swear word. Socialism in Europe is a fact, a blessing, and 100% distinct from communism.

  41. My country in Africa is way better than JewAmerica clear the swamp for the benefits of people

  42. Don't blame the government, you guys decide who get's in house, bernie has been fighting for this since day one but you laugh at his ideas, find excuses for it not to work even tho it works in all the 1st world countries, there is absolute no reason america wouldnt be able to run under a universal healthcare system. If you are for private insurance im assuming you are inbred or just very ignorant to the fact.

  43. You hear the word citizen, How can the US even make a healthcare system like France when we are not even allowed to ask on a census if you are a citizen of not? If tomorrow a system was put in place so US citizens got healthcare the Democrats would freak out because non-citizens wouldn't be sent a medical card and wouldn't be covered. The US has become one crazy place over the last few years. They are blurring the line of what it means to be an actual citizen in an actual country with a border.

  44. IF YOU WANT TO LAUGH YOUR BUTT OFF AT A COMPLETE MORON, LOOK AT LILOU OU, 1 month AGO.

    SHE/HE/IT MAKES THE MOST ABSURD CLAIMS AND CANNOT PROVIDE ONE LINK TO PROVE HIS/HER/ITS POINT.

    And when you provide linked articles that prove He/she/it wrong, they have such poor reading comprehension, they have no idea that they are wrong.

    AMAZING!!

  45. IF YOU WANT TO SEE STUPIDITY- REPEATING THE SAME UNSUBSTANTIATED FANTASIES- SEE THE COMMENTS AT THE END BY LILOU OU.

    People can be so stupid, they have no idea when they are even wrong. Even when you send them 10 article links that prove how wrong they are. LOL

  46. IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE ONE LINK TO SUBSTANTIATE A FANTASY OPINION, you cannot call someone else who PRESENTS FACTS WITH LINKS; STUPID, LIKE LILOU.

  47. If ANYONE WANTS TO SEE AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN AN IDIOT AND AN INTELLECTUAL; check out the exchange below between LILOU and I.

    I keep telling her she is wrong and providing in excess of 10 article links proving my point, but Lilou either can’t read or is too stupid to understand. She keeps saying the same thing without any proof. Stupid people are so weird.

    (Her uneducated nonsense takes place near the end of the 145 comments).

    WHY DO STUPID, UNEDUCATED PEOPLE NOT KNOW HOW PUBLICLY DUMB THEY ARE??
    REALLY WEIRD.

  48. Under Obamacare have gone through five doctors, four who quit their practice, went from a good insurance with low co-pay to a forced crappy plan with high deductible!

  49. Lilou ou

    BOTTOM LINE: EUROPE IS A WELFARE STATE THAT RELIES ON THE USA FOR ITS MILITARY DEFENSE AND IT IS ABOUT TIME THE USA CUTS EUROPE LOOSE AND USES ALL OF THE MONEY TO FUND EDUCATION AND FREE HEALTH CARE. IF THE USA DID THAT THERE WOULD STILL BE BILLIONS LEFT OVER. WHO CARES ABOUT DEFENDING EUROPE ANYMORE … LET WWll HAPPEN AGAIN – EUROPEANS ARE THANKLESS ANYWAY. THE USA SHOULD CUT ALL DEFENSE TO EUROPE AND GIVE USA CITIZENS THE FREE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION THAT THEY DESERVE. EUROPE IS UNGRATEFUL ANYWAY. Here are articles proving it:

    https://beta.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/07/12/what-america-could-do-with-european-levels-military-spending/?outputType=amp

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/03/nato-defence-spending-europe-america/

    If Europeans were grateful to the USA for subsidizing their militaries, it would be one thing. But ungrateful makes Americans want to pull out of Europe and let it go to hell in a hand basket and have our turn at FREE HEALTHCARE and FREE UNIVERSITY.

  50. Why does these news media never tell the whole truth. While the French system may be good, where does 94% the innovation, 92% the of the new lifesaving drugs come from? The USA, while EU like to wag their finger they should be grateful to the US consumer paying for the new drugs that are copied. On avg it takes $20 billion to get a new drug from a whiteboard to a final product. The French are not paying for it but they do benefit from the research and development.
    The French tax burden is the 2nd highest in OECD nations, French public debt is 90.3% of GDP 29% more than United States, Government debt per person is 24% higher than the USA and only 65,139,963 million citizens, they are paying for their healthcare but its not upfront.
    I'm not saying anything bad about either system both have their merits, It depends on the wants of the country, but 1 thing to consider that is very important. If the USA goes down the "Single payer system" most of these lifesaving drugs and procedures will either not be invented or be significantly delayed at the cost of how many lives?
    The numbers have shown that the government of the USA has always been the reason for higher costs. Government overreach, 350,000,000 population and entitlements are problems that need to be solved. Maybe a hybrid between the French and USA systems.

  51. In France, do you need to see a GP like in the UK, or can you see a clinical specialist like you can in the US and in South Korea?

  52. Belgium system is similar than France. We have the best hospitals in the world. It cost lots of money but it brings medical science forward. The rich can pay there healthcare in america but the poor they die of cancer that can be treated or it make them bankrupt. In Belgium it costed 3 568 euro for each citizen. I am happy that it is something like this.

  53. It's all really simple to solve. You don't need insurance companies. One logical way is to use that which produces the most sickness, as verified by scientific research, and take a percent of each purchase then fund Medicare for all. Since large percentages of disease is diet related, junk food or really any food would be the place to start.

  54. Why Americans hate national health care system?

    Because it smells like socialism

    That's what happens when you let hatred make your decision!

  55. The question to ask isn't weather or not Americans healthcare is bad, but why is the healthcare so expensive?

  56. Medicare for ALL, period!
    Money out of politics
    No more regime change
    Clean water for everyone
    Big pharma brought back to reality
    Environmental actions now
    Term limits in Congress

  57. Wake up americans! You're being scammed big time. Canada has one of the best health systems in the world. Perhaps as good as France.
    It was time for my annual physical in Canada. I phoned for an appointment, and they took me 2 days later………………….now that is service! Cost = zero. Monthly medical payments = zero
    Blood testing a few days later …..cost = zero

  58. This sounds amazing, to get near 80% reimbursement for medical fees. And physicians get paid well to to focus on patient care you don't need to worry about referrals or administrative BS. And their college is damn near free so they're not saddle by school day due to the baccalaureate system in France. Unlike here doctors our Sabbath like that and focus on making as much money that's possible to pay off their debts and try to become wealthy off of healthcare. This was fascinating and a cool report.

  59. I have been on the French and Canadian health care systems. I have been happy with both. I could never see myself having to live under the US system.

  60. Nitpick: The statement "no other country uses a private insurance network system for healthcare" made by the author guy is not accurate, or taken out of context. The Philippines has the same system, which closely mirrors the healthcare model of the US.

  61. Injured my spine at L4L5 hiking and it cost me $12,376
    Went to school to be a forestry service ranger $29,000(incomplete due to injury) sacrificed insurance to afford school<my part time job didnt offer insurance but my fulltime did befor I was in school>but now I dont have either but I do have massive debt and massive depression. Im now stuck in retail with little hope of being able to return to school.

  62. I "have" insurance but am afraid as hell to use it. It's a type of 'Walgreen's' care system where you go to a store and they do the basics. Anything beyond is going into uncharted territory. I remember when you went to the doctor and you never even saw a bill. Anyone who says America's health care system is the best in the world is seriously delusional or rich.

  63. As an Air Force veteran, you can't compare apples to oranges. If you want to see how the US government handles healthcare, look at the VA. It's not uncommon for veterans to commit suicide in front of the hospitals because they can't get the care that they need in a timely manner due to being undermanned. While I was in, I had a buddy who had to fight to get a referral to see a private doctor for pain in his leg because he wasn't getting the care that he needed on base. Long story short, the care that he received from the private doctor was way better.

    Our healthcare is so expensive is because it's already socialized.

    Edit: Also, I would like to point out that I have the "opportunity" of using the VA but would rather pay insurance, which makes up less than 1% of my income, and have copay to see a private doctor. Since I'm living in a state with no income tax, my overall healthcare is actually cheaper than countries with universal healthcare.

  64. Hospitals and doctors are not a free market. Medical in America is a nasty mix of free market and socialism. Doctors and hospitals are constantly committing fraud. Charge you the price of a box of gloves when they used one pair, etc. Doctors with patients on federal/state paid medical hit the jackpot and schedule countless pointless test and procedures. Hospitals say they are losing so much money yet the doctors are driving $200k cars, live in a $800k house, etc. Free medicare for all will be a wide open door to give that doctor a $300k car, $1.5M house over night.

  65. How can anyone defend our FOR PROFIT healthcare system here in America after seeing the superior overall results of socialized medicine in countries like France and even Canada?

  66. Almost the same sistem in Belgium as in France. You have basiv coverege for a really basic fee. And it covers 75-85% of cost. It does make one feel comfortable to go to the doctor. If i pay 25€ to the GP i will get 17€ back. Same goes for basic reparatory dentistry like fillings, teeth cleaning and such. It is a great preventive system like one of the guys said.

  67. So your saying that this helps draw in people from other countries and drive up housing prices while you live poor as poor can be and in cities that are turning in to massive slums but hey at least you have free healthcare for all disease from the filth on the streets. Brilliant! Take the total system as a whole and you'll quickly see it's not as this propaganda report likes to pretend. Infant mortality rates and life expectancy have a lot to do with drug use and obesity. Different aspects in sick people percentage wise make for a different number in outcomes. America needs better healthcare systems. France is not the answer.

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