Krugman says the French got it right

Paul Krugman wants you to believe that The French have it right — at least when it comes to health care.

Hmm… Let’s take a look at some news items from that arm of the vast right-wing conspiracy, the BBC:
May 10, 2005

Hundreds of French surgeons have begun a symbolic “exile” in Britain to demand the right to charge higher fees

Jan 22, 2004

Thousands of French health workers have held a one-day strike to protest against government plans to cut costs in the country’s health system.

Jan 22, 2004

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals have taken to the streets of Paris to protest against government plans to cut back on a health service which has a projected overspend this year of eight billion pounds.

15,000 elderly and frail dead during a heat wave in 2003
Aug 14, 2003

With temperatures soaring above the 40C mark over a two-week period, France’s poorly-prepared hospitals never stood a chance,

since they lack air-conditioning.
Sept 9, 2003

French doctors have angrily hit back at an official report which said their “massive” holiday exodus last month had contributed to the heatwave tragedy.

Aug 13, 2003

A widow is demanding to know why her husband lay dying in a French hospital for nine days without his family being informed, say reports

Jan 3, 2002

Gynaecologists in France are refusing to carry out ultrasound scans on pregnant women after a court found they could be liable should a disabled child be born.

Jan 22, 2002

A national strike of hospital workers was called on Monday to protest about staff shortages after the introduction of a 35-hour working week.

Dec 30,2002

Doctors at French ski resorts are staging a 24-hour strike over complaints they are not paid enough for treating winter sports injuries.

At least half of patients in Europe with muscle or joint pain are not receiving treatment, research suggests.

In the territories, Fever grips Madagascar as doctors uncertain of cause. An estimated 250.000 people have had chikungunya fever, which is transmitted through mosquitos.

And on the celebrity beat, Was Diana, Princess of Wales, Finished Off by French Doctors, Who Gave the Wrong Medical Aid?

Back in Princeton,

Professor Krugman predicted over the next 15 years, so-called “health-care zombies” — strategies proven wrong that remain part of the health-care debate — finally will fall away, leaving a system like France’s.
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“We end up spending as much public money as countries that have universal health care,” Professor Krugman said.

Krugman prefers to ignore the fact that many very expensive treatments that are provided to the elderly in the USA, such as organ transplants, are not provided at all to people age 60 and over in countries that have universal health care.

Over to you, Doctor

(and yes, I know about the French riots. Update Elephants in Academia has an excellent post on the riots)

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