Category Archives: French BS

WHY ISN’T THE SAUDI KING GOING TO FRANCE TO GET TREATMENT FOR HIS BLOOD CLOT?

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is, of course, among the richest people on the planet. He can (and does) get the best of everything. So, why is he coming to the much-maligned U.S. health care system for his blod clot issue? Saudi Arabia’s aged ruler will fly to the United States for medical tests over [...]

FRENCH HEALTH CARE? JE PENSE PAS.

Now that Obamacare is imploding, I guess we’re in for a fresh crop of articles and blog posts pimping  “the best health care system in the world.” Here’s alleged libertarian Matt Welch on the system ranked “best” by the World Health Organization: In France, you are covered, period. It doesn’t depend on your job, it doesn’t depend on a health maintenance organization, and it [...]

U.S. STILL HAS BEST CANCER SURVIVAL RATE

A while back, I asked this rhetorical question: Why wasn’t Edward Kennedy flown to Europe to have his cancer treated? The answer, of course, is that the much-maligned U.S. health care system is the best in the world. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of cancer treatment. John Goodman reports on another study published in Lancet [...]

Guns, Butter and European Health Care

Europeans often moralize about the American reluctance to join the “civilized world? by implementing “universal? health care. A typical example of this condescending attitude can be found in the comment stream of this post at OVER!MY!MED!BODY!, where a Danish student offers the following:  Today there’s not a single country in Europe that doesn’t have publicly [...]

French Health Care Universal? Désolé, non.

It would appear that the “universal? health care system of France is not so universal after all: French social security released a statement last week announcing that inactive people who are below retirement ages will not be able to use the state health system. The new rule applies only to Brit expatriates and other non-French [...]

French Health Care: L’extrémité est près!

Having already exposed as inaccurate many of the claims being made for French health care, I was not surprised by this piece about a French researcher who offers a dire prognosis for the vaunted Gallic system. It’s true we really have good access, but what if the system is not sustainable anymore? … It’s going to [...]

FRENCH HEALTH CARE FOR US? MERCI, NON.

Advocates of socialized medicine, their claims for Canadian health care having been repeatedly exposed as wildly inaccurate, are now promoting a new single-payer paradise: France. Economist’s View links to a typical example of this in the Boston Globe The WHO rated [the French system] the best in the world in 2001 because of its universal [...]