A Comparative Analysis of the Health Care System in France vs. the United States

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A Comparative Analysis of the Health Care System in France vs the United States
Introduction
Everyone would agree that a good health system, above all, must contribute to good health. It is certainly not considered acceptable to protect or improve the average health of the population, if at the same time inequality worsens or remains high because the gain accrues disproportionately to those already enjoying better health. The responsibility of a health care system is also to reduce inequalities to race, gender, social status and religion. While the United States is considered a world leader in almost any category they are judged; however, the US healthcare system remains one of the worst. This analysis will compare the US health
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(Dutton, 2007, p. 7)
One can deduct from these statistics that the health care system in the United States has not successfully been able to keep up with the growing population. In addition, the United States’ system does not effectively maintain the aging population. At this rate of growth in population and the aged population, access to health care services requires strategic attention. Access to Health Care
The French have access to more practicing physicians and physician consultants per capita than that of the United States by more than 30% as summarized by Dutton of the 2005 statistical analysis done by the OECD (Dutton, 2007, p. 7). The French government provides coverage for the majority of all health care services allowing individuals to decide which physicians and/or facilities they desire, whether it is for specialty or general care in a public or private sector. The hospital system is comprised of mostly public hospitals, substituted with some private and non-for-profit institutions. This differs greatly from that of the United States, in that the government insures way less individuals leaving the management of care for the people at the direction of primary care physicians participating in a managed care insurance company. The people of the United States not only have access to fewer practicing physicians and physician consultants, they are also required to see only those that belong within their

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