April 20, 2004

HAVE ANOTHER CROISSANT, THELMA, EVERYTHING'S FINE:

French doctors' protest deals new blow to government (Jon Henley, April 20, 2004, The Guardian)

France's embattled centre-right government faced further trouble from a restive public sector yesterday when some 300 senior hospital doctors signed a petition warning that the country's acclaimed healthcare system was in crisis.

"The situation is so grave that we consider it our duty as doctors to inform you," the 268 professors, heads of department and leading specialists wrote to "the people of France" in a letter published in Le Monde.

"Our hospitals, which practise medicine at the highest level, are being dislocated," they wrote. "Our healthcare system, seen yesterday as one of the best in the world, is being destroyed... we can no longer provide our fellow humans with the efficient treatment they need."

France's generous, highly appreciated but expensive healthcare system was ranked best in the world by the World Health Organisation four years ago. But a recent government report said that without fundamental reforms it would collapse by 2020.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2004 7:52 AM
Comments

Price sensitivity really works, even with Socialists.

Posted by: genecis at April 20, 2004 11:46 AM

They're broke and Chiraq wants to wean them off tranqs. They're busting the health budget.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 20, 2004 3:15 PM
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