Some good snippets from a long document:In France, already insufficient resources have spurred strikes and demonstrations by doctors, while health care price hikes endanger that country’s commitment to its European partners to maintain lowbudget deficits. A delinquent performance by France could place the entire project of European Monetary Union in peril.Alsolike in the U.S., French workers and their employers pay for the bulk of their medical carethrough premiums assessed on gross wages. French employers and their employees pay wagelevies of approximately 20%; employers contribute 13% and workers 7%. The relatively low income of French physicians is allayed by two factors. Practice liability is greatly diminished by a tort-adverse legal system and medical schools, although extremely competitive to enter, are essentially free. Thus, French physicians enter the market with little if any debt and pay much lower malpractice insurance premiums.Also, the new techniques require computerized information gathering andprocessing systems, an area where French health care lags well behind the U.S. http://www.brookings.edu/fp/cusf/analysis/dutton.pdft
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