In terms of direct taxation France and Denmark come out top Lusty but when you add in the indirect tax too, we’re as high as anyone so it isn’t because they pay more tax that their health service is better. Also when you look at the amount of money ploughed into the NHS we’re way ahead. The fact is our NHS is a mess and is in real need of a complete review. Just continually throwing more and more money at it isn’t working so we need to try something else, even if it’s radical.
The key thing is the way the French health system is funded White....it is in effect nationalised
"The French health care system is one of universal health care
largely financed by government national health insurance
. In its 2000 assessment of world health care systems, the World Health Organization
found that France
provided the "best overall health care" in the world.
In 2017, France spent 11.3% of GDP
on health care, or US$5,370 per capita,
a figure higher than the average spent by rich countries (OECD average is 8.8%, 2017), though similar to Germany (10.6%) and Canada (10%), but much less than in the US (17.1%, 2018)
. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government funded agencies. Most general physicians are in private practice but draw their income from the public insurance funds. These funds, unlike their German counterparts, have never gained self-management responsibility. Instead, the government has taken responsibility for the financial and operational management of health insurance
(by setting premium levels related to income and determining the prices of goods and services refunded).
The French government generally refunds patients 70% of most health care costs
, and 100% in case of costly or long-term ailments."