British and French Health Care Essay

1522 Words May 6th, 2002 7 Pages
Through out the world today health care is a major issue in just about every country. Britain and France are no exception to this rule. Since a very long time ago there have been long standing battles between the people and governments as to how far the governments must go to provide adequate health care for its people. For the upper and middle classes health care usually comes with no problem but for the lower classes they are forced to depend on government assistance. In France health policy making takes place largely at the national level. These actions revolve completely around two agencies called the social security and the finance. I found that international health care can be very different but at the same time very similar to the …show more content…
The leading cause of death in France is circulatory problems. The second leading cause is cancer and the third is accidents. Now that we have discussed all of the facts of the French health care system we must look at the British. The public health care system in Britain is not doing well and new treatments may be needed to revive it, according to more than 600 residents interviewed in a recent poll. In Britain, 6.4 million people currently have private medical insurance (‘PMI'), and more than 1 million people were treated privately in 1998. The total value of health services supplied by the private sector (including voluntary suppliers) for 1998 was estimated at 14.4 billion. Almost half of this is long term care; about a quarter, drugs and medical equipment. Private medical treatment in private and NHS (National Health Service) hospitals accounts for 18% of this total, 2.6 billion. In 1998, there were just over 220 private acute hospitals, providing 10,050 beds. About two thirds are commercial, ‘for profit', hospitals, and of these about a quarter are owned by overseas concerns. The remaining third are hospitals registered as charities. Most private hospitals belong to: BUPA (British United Provident Association), or to Nuffield Hospitals, or to the General Healthcare Group (also known as BMI Healthcare). All but twenty private hospitals have fewer than 100 beds, and many less than fifty; they are usually much smaller than the National Health Services

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